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Top Five: PSL coaches of 2019

00:13 GMT+3 29/12/2019
Gavin Hunt and Pitso Mosimane
At the midway point of the campaign, Goal ranks the best coaches in the South African top flight so far this term

  • Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2019

    #5 Pitso Mosimane

    The accomplished tactician won his fourth PSL title as a coach with Mamelodi Sundowns last season, a record he now shares with Gavin Hunt, Ted Dumitru, and Gordon Igesund.

    Mosimane was also deservedly named PSL Coach of the Season last term, before guiding Masandawana to the 2019 Telkom Knockout Cup triumph and 2019/20 Caf Champions League group stage. 

  • SuperSport United, Kaitano Tembo, September 2018

    #4 Kaitano Tembo

    The Zimbabwean coach led SuperSport United to a sixth-placed finish in the PSL last season which was his first full campaign in charge of the Tshwane giants.

    Tembo has since claimed his maiden major trophy as a coach by guiding the team to the 2019 MTN8 triumph, having lost to Cape Town City in last year's final.
     

  • Gavin Hunt, Bidvest Wits

    #3 Gavin Hunt

    The veteran mentor guided Bidvest Wits to third in the PSL last season, which saw the Clever Boys qualify for the 2019/20 Caf Confederation Cup.

    Hunt went on to become the first Wits coach to lead the Braamfontein-based side to the group stage of Africa's secondary club competition, and they're also capable of mounting a title challenge into the coming months.
     

  • Eric Tinkler, Maritzburg United

    #2 Eric Tinkler

    The well-travelled tactician was appointed Maritzburg United coach midway through last season and managed to save them from relegation by winning the PSL Promotional/Relegation play-offs.

    Tinkler then guided the Team of Choice to their first Telkom Knockout Cup final, where they were narrowly defeated by Pitso Mosimane's formidable Mamelodi Sundowns earlier this month.
  • Ernst Middendorp, coach of Kaizer Chiefs, September 2019

    #1 Ernst Middendorp

    The experienced German mentor led Kaizer Chiefs to a record-extending 18th appearance in the Nedbank Cup final, but they were edged out by TS Galaxy last May.

    However, Middendorp has since transformed Amakhosi into serious PSL title contenders, and they look destined to clinch the trophy if they maintain their great form in the second round of the campaign.

    Their turnaround represents a magnificent achievement for the former Asante Kotoko boss.