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Top five PSL coaches of the decade: Mosimane leads the pack

00:37 GMT+3 30/12/2019
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane
As we close the door on 2019, Goal profiles the managers who made waves in the South African top flight since the end of 2009

  • Eric Tinkler, SuperSport United

    #5 Eric Tinkler

    Tinkler hasn't been given the credit he deserves since becoming a head coach. The number of trophies may not reflect what a hard-working manager he is, but Tinkler has actually outshone the majority of coaches in the PSL over the last 10 years.

    He is the only South African coach to reach two Caf Confederation Cup finals - with Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United in 2015 and 2017 respectively, and Tinkler also has two trophies to his name - the Telkom Knockout Cup and the MTN 8 with Cape Town City and Matsatsantsa respectively. 

    The former Bafana Bafana man also saved Maritzburg United from getting relegated last season before helping them reach the 2019 TKO final, where the Team of Choice lost to Mamelodi Sundowns

  • Ruud Krol

    #4 Ruud Krol

    The Dutch mentor may have left South Africa a long time ago, but his legacy lives on.

    Krol was the first coach to win a domestic treble in the PSL era in the 2010/11 season, but unfortunately, this was Krol's final season with Pirates after coming close twice to winning the league with the Buccaneers in his first two seasons in the country.

    He recently left Tunisian heavyweights CS Sfaxien.  

  • Stuart Baxter, South Africa - July 2019

    #3 Stuart Baxter

    Stuart Baxter left under a dark cloud in the mid-2000s following Bafana Bafana's failure to qualify for the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany

    However, he came back stronger in 2012 and turned Kaizer Chiefs into genuine league title contenders. Chiefs won a domestic double (league and Nedbank Cup) at the end of the 2012/13 season. 

    Baxter's success didn't end there as he clinched another domestic double in his final season with Chiefs before winning trophies with SuperSport United and guiding Bafana Bafana to a quarter-final finish at Afcon 2019.  

  • Bidvest Wits, Gavin Hunt

    #2 Gavin Hunt

    Hunt has won three league titles with both Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United in the last 10 years. 

    In fact, the former Hellenic defender has had an incredible 10 years of coaching because he won the league with Matsatsantsa in 2010 before adding his fourth league title with Wits in 2017. 

    He also won the Nedbank Cup (2012), MTN8 (2016) and Telkom Knockout Cup (2017) titles with the two teams during that period. 

  • Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, April 2018

    #1 Pitso Mosimane

    Arguably the best coach in South Africa right now given his success since returning to domestic football in 2012. 

    Mosimane has won a whopping four league titles, two Telkom Knockout Cup titles, and a Nedbank Cup trophy with Mamelodi Sundowns

    His biggest success was lifting both the Caf Champions League trophy in 2016 as well as the Caf Super Cup in 2017.