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Gavin Hunt dismisses negative theories following Steven Pienaar’s exit from Bidvest Wits

16:12 GMT 03/01/2018
Bidvest Wits, Steven Pienaar and Gavin Hunt
Pienaar was released by the relegation-threatened club on Tuesday, just six months into his one-year deal

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt has rubbished claims that former Bafana Bafana captain Steven Pienaar’s negative impact preceded his departure from the club.

“People can say what they like. I don’t see those things,” Hunt told Timeslive.

The 35-year-old made a return to the PSL following a 16-year spell in Europe, where he played in the Netherlands, Germany and in England.

His arrival brought huge adoration to the defending league champions, who beat Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns to his services.

Having spent less than a season at the struggling Clever Boys, Hunt believes Pienaar’s venture just didn’t work out as many expected following his arrival.

“A lot of coaches in South Africa are very sensitive to what is being said. I’m more worried about football. I don’t see it like that. I just see it that it didn’t work out,” Hunt said.

The four-time league winning coach credits the Westbury-born for the organizational skills he instilled whenever he was given the chance to play.

“I think when he played he was good. What he gave us was good organization skills on the pitch. That’s not a South African strength,” Hunt said.

“Players locally don’t talk and organize enough, and he gave us a lot of that. Maybe we just got ourselves in a little bit of a rut,” Hunt added.