Former Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios impressed by Benni McCarthy

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The experienced coach explains why McCarthy has hit the ground running in his coaching career

Orlando Pirates academy director Augusto Palacios is happy with Benni McCarthy's progress as a coach.

The Peruvian tactician coached McCarthy at Pirates in 2012 following his return to the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

McCarthy, who ventured into coaching after retiring from professional football in 2013, guided Cape Town City to the 2017 MTN8 Cup final and top five finish in the league in his maiden season with the club.

"One important thing for him: he started step by step. He studied for his license in Europe, and from there, he took over at Cape Town City," Palacios told Vodacom Soccer.

McCarthy worked with renowned coaches such as Jose Mourinho, Victor Fernandez and Morten Per Olsen during his illustrious playing career.

"It's not easy to go directly to the PSL without the knowledge... He takes all the experience from the coaches that coached him," he continued. 

Palacios also explained why he believes that South Africa has the best players on the African continent. 

"South Africa has better players than any country in Africa. The only thing is [that] to develop a player, you need to be patient. You need to love the player, because when you develop a player, you're the friend, you're the father, and you're the coach," he said.

The 66-year-old, who is a former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana coach, is one of the longest-serving employees at Bucs.

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"I think the way the chairman (Dr Irvin Khoza)... when I met him for the first time in 1995 - the way he treated me and my family, the way he valued, the way he recognised my job, the way he allowed me to work at the club," he explains.

Palacios guided Pirates to the 2011/12 PSL title, but he prefers working with youngsters in the club's academy.

"When the player is [young], one, he will listen; two, you can correct their mistakes as quickly as possible. At the age of 15 years, I know [whether or not my players can make it]. After 16, 17, 18 years, it's too late," he concluded. 

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