Gavin Hunt

Returning SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt says he’s had to adapt his coaching style to keep up with the ever-changing demands of football. Photo: File

Gavin Hunt immediately linked with vacant Maritzburg job – report

Gavin Hunt is reportedly on the shortlist of candidates who could be considered as a replacement for Ernst Middendorp at Maritzburg.

Gavin Hunt

Returning SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt says he’s had to adapt his coaching style to keep up with the ever-changing demands of football. Photo: File

Just this it was confirmed that Maritzburg United have parted ways with head coach Ernst Middendorp after a disappointing 2021/22 season.

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The Team of Choice spent the season battling to beat relegation with the side ultimately achieving as much when they finished in 12th position with 31 points. The KwaZulu-Natal side have already discarded eight players as they prepare for next season, including a few experienced campaigners.

With the team undergoing plenty of change, sources – according to Soccer Laduma – have now suggested that Gavin Hunt is believed to be on the shortlist of coaches for the vacant role.

In May last year, Chiefs released Hunt from his contract after a string of poor results with the club, although he had led Amakhosi to the semi-final of the CAF Champions League.

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After a brief move to Chippa United, Hunt is now without a job, and recently told Soccer Laduma he is keeping his options open, while suggesting he would love to take on a new coaching challenge if the culture was the right fit.

Several clubs have reportedly expressed an interest in Hunt, but he won’t be rushing into a new job.

The experienced coach recently spent some time at Manchester City in what was an “upskilling” trip to England, but Phakaaathi recently reported that he won’t step into a new coaching gig without due diligence.

“He is not in a hurry for a new job. He has had a few clubs coming to ask about his availability but he is not too keen. He wants a club that will need him and allow him to work in his own way by bringing the kind of players that he wants,” said a Phakaaathi source.

“I heard that even Simba SC of Tanzania have made enquiries about him recently and that could be where he goes if they reach an agreement on working conditions.”

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Recently Hunt reiterated that he didn’t see value in necessarily pushing his CV out there

“No, I am not sending CVs. I went to the Bafana job three times for an interview…what do you want a CV for? They either want you or they don’t want you, I must send a CV? A CV for what? It’s like a player, you go on trial and they say yes or no,” said Hunt.

Not long ago Pitso Mosimane acknowledged all the successes Hunt achieved over the last 30 years of his coaching career, and feels the four-time PSL winner – who is soon set to spend more time at Manchester City – needs a change of environment.

“Gavin Hunt, big respect for you. You have won all SA trophies. History archived. Come feel the waters in this region where I am (tough though) and you might like it,” wrote Mosimane on Twitter.

“When we day off, I will ask my friend’s Yacht to take us over the Mediterranean for fishing and dolphin watching,” said Mosimane.

In response, Hunt offered a somewhat playful request for Mosimane to find him a job.

“I am dying to come there! Get me a job I am so proud of all you’ve achieved. I see the results every week. So happy for you. Get that yacht ready!”