SuperSport United CEO Stanley Matthews is hoping to bring stability back at the Tshwane-based outfit.
Matsatsantsa recently underwent a period of great difficulty as they found themselves involved in a relegation dog fight. This saw the usually patient, SuperSport pull the trigger and part ways with head coach Eric Tinkler less than a year into his tenure with the club, despite winning the MTN 8 and reaching the final of the Caf Confederation Cup.
Nonetheless, assistant coach Kaitano Tembo was instructed with holding down the fort, which he did with some aplomb as they beat the drop, and due to the outcome of the Ajax Cape Town’s Tendai Ndoro case they have been propelled into the top eight.
Now with the club able to reflect on their gruelling campaign, they are set to begin the search for the next coach, and Matthews suggests that they will be looking for longevity from their next coach.
Matthews though, admits that Tembo is top of the pile of potential candidates but it all depends on whether or not he is interested in the job.
“I’ve had a lot of CV’s on my desk. I still have to sit down with Kaitano. I have to find out if he is really interested in the job because he is a top candidate for me,” Matthews told Sunday Independent.
“We are not going to rush. We’ve changed a lot of coaches in the past. We want stability now. We simply can’t be changing coaches every season," Matthews emphasised.
“We will have a shortlist of five candidates and we will take it from there. We normally do it that way. There’s only one coach which we head-hunted, that was Gordon Igesund. There’s a lot that we need to go through,” he continued.
Reports in the media have recently linked Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael with the job, but Matthews refused to divulge any names.
“At this stage I can’t reveal the names of the coaches that have applied for the job. I can’t also comment about any rumours doing the rounds because some of the coaches applying are still contracted to their current clubs,” Matthews said.
Meanwhile, the SuperSport boss is optimistic that without the distraction of Caf football next season, SuperSport will turn the corner next season.
“We’ve learned a lot from this season. At least we don’t have Caf activities this upcoming season. The team will be able to recover. We’ve never been in a dodgy situation that we've found ourselves in, and not survived,” he added.
Although, SuperSport have been given a boost knowing that they will be given another crack at defending their MTN crown, Matthews is refusing to get too excited just yet.
"I mean, during my time at the club we’ve never been outside the Top 8,” Matthews said.
“We can’t celebrate now. We still have to hear from the PSL. Obviously, we would love to win soccer matches on the field of play but like I say we will wait and see,” he concluded.