The image Kaizer Chiefs used to announce Gavin Hunt’ shock exit in May 2021. Image: @KaizerChiefs / Twitter.

Gavin Hunt names his big Kaizer Chiefs regret

Former Kaizer Chiefs boss Gavin Hunt has pointed out how he could have been the man to turn the club’s fortunes around.


The image Kaizer Chiefs used to announce Gavin Hunt’ shock exit in May 2021. Image: @KaizerChiefs / Twitter.

Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt says the Glamour Boys are only doing now what he hoped for during his tenure at the club.

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Gavin Hunt spent a season at Naturena before being axed close to the end of the 2022-21 campaign. The former SuperSport boss always insisted the side needed refreshing but not much could be done in the market as they had a transfer ban hanging over them.

Responding to Peter Du Toit’s This Is Football Africa YouTube Channel on whether he would consider returning to Chiefs, he said: “Yeah, we got to the semifinal of the CAF Champions League, and they got to the final.

“I got the bullet after the semi-final. So, it’s a great club, a great institution. They needed an overhaul. They’ve done a complete overhaul since I’ve left. Now they’ve got a whole new team in. That’s what they needed 3 or 4 years ago.”

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Hunt went on to explain why a squad overhaul was key at Chiefs.

“When Jeff Butler went to Chiefs, he got rid of Teenage [Dladla], Ace [Khuse]. There was a huge uproar. The next season, Jeff Butler won five trophies. You can’t let a team get old together. The team was old, and the team needed changing.”

Amakhosi have chopped and changed to a vast degree in the last two seasons with over 20 players released and a whole raft of new ones arriving at Naturena. Senior figures like Bernard Parker, Lebo Manyama, Khama Billiat, Erick Mathoho and Willard Katsande have all departed. Skipper Itumeleng Khune is following them out the exit door at the end of this season.

Hunt emphasised the club’s importance and history, calling it “a great club, a great institution” but believes he needed more time and feels he could have turned things around.

“Maybe they don’t like me, you don’t fit in as a person, they don’t like your mannerisms. If you hire someone, you’ve gotta leave them to get on with it.

“I needed to get to the end of the season. I was two games away from the end of the season and then a change.”

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Khune during his 2021 return. Image Source: (@DFA/Twitter)

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