Legendary Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Doctor Khumalo says he is open to the idea of returning to the Soweto giants as an assistant coach.
This is despite Khumalo currently occupying a much senior role at Baroka FC as the technical director having joined the Limpopo-based side last August.
Khumalo served as Chiefs' assistant coach under Stuart Baxter and Steve Komphela amongst other tacticians during his time with Amakhosi.
“I can still work as an assistant coach. From my experience working with Stuart Baxter (at Kaizer Chiefs), I learnt that an assistant coach is also a decision maker. If the head coach fails, it means the whole technical team fails, including an assistant coach,” Khumalo said on IOL.
The retired midfielder was recently appointed Baroka caretaker coach replacing MacDonald Makhubedu, who had taken over following the dismissal of Kgoloko Thobejane last February.
“Stuart always wanted me to have a say. It wasn’t about taking instructions. I’m not an old fashion assistant coach. I’m not a ball boy. Being an assistant is more than that,” he continued.
Khumalo has been linked with a return to Chiefs following Komphela's departure. The club is expected to appoint a new head coach, who will reportedly be assisted by Khumalo.
“No one there has contacted me. I respect my position at Baroka. If Chiefs want me they will engage Baroka, and if they don’t have a problem and there’s no bad blood about me moving back to Chiefs, then it is fine," he added.
“There’s nothing wrong about being an assistant coach. We’ve seen Rulani (Mokwena of Pirates) overruling Micho (Milutin Sredojevic) about a substitution," Khumalo said.
“We’ve also seen Pitso (Mosimane, the head coach of Sundowns) consulting with Manqoba (Mngqithi, his assistant). It is the modern trend. You have to have an input (as an assistant). They also do it in Europe," he concluded.
Khumalo parted ways with Amakhosi in August, 2017.