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Rudolph Seale: I wanted a coach who was not familiar with Kaizer Chiefs

8:30 PM GMT+4 13/07/2018
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The former Amakhosi defender has welcomed the news of Giovanni Solinas’ appointment, but says he wanted a manager who was not familiar with the PSL

Having announced a new coach in former Free State Stars coach, Giovanni Solinas, Kaizer Chiefs will now find stability in their technical team.

That is according to former defender Rudolph Seale who believes the club should have at least tried to find someone who was not familiar with players and the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Following a massive search for Steve Komphela’s successor, Amakhosi managed to capture the Italian’s signature as he signed a two-year deal.

Solinas previously coached Ea Lla Koto on two occasions, where he initially took over at the Bethlehem-based side from Ernst Middendorp in December 2015, before quitting in May 2016 due to personal reasons

Moreover, the coach guided Stars to number 12 on the PSL standings as well as leading them to the Nedbank Cup semi-finals in his six months during the 2015/16 season. 

During his second stint in September 2016, he succeeded Denis Lavagne who was fired after just three matches in charge, but parted ways with the club in January 2017.

The coach will now have to hit the ground running as he will hope to lead the Soweto giants at the 2018 Maize Cup on Saturday in the North West province.

Chiefs will be up against Buya Msuthu in the first semi-final and Seale believes the coach will have to settle down and assess the players because he arrived during the pre-season.

On the other hand, the former Amakhosi left-back reckons that the Naturena-based club should have gone for a coach who will push all the players to start on a clean slate.

“It is good for the club and the technical team to finally get someone who will be the head of the department,” Seale told Goal.

“I personally don’t know the coach, but I believe he is someone who will bring changes and stand the pressure because this is a big club," the legend revealed. 

“Personally, I would have liked to see a coach who will push all the players to start on a new page, push them to work hard and bring changes in the club," added Gardner.

“In my opinion, the coach is aware of the likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Khama Billiat and so on, so this might kind of bring some complacency and comfort in some players," explained the former defender.

"I am not saying maybe Steve failed because he knew the players, but I wanted someone who doesn't know and they can also know, we have to work hard," reacted the former Bafana Bafana defender.

“However, I am happy the club finally has a coach and that puts speculation to bed about all the stories we have been reading and seeing on television," he continued.

"Let us hope that he will work together with the players, hit the ground running after many seasons with no trophy at Chiefs," urged the 51-year-old.

“Look, there is that factor of buying players without a coach, we know the club needed some new faces, but I hope that will not come back to hit them because the coach might also say I did not sign these players," added the former SuperSport United defender.

“Because I do not know the coach and we will see what he brings at the club, let’s just wish the club and the players the best of luck in the upcoming season," wished Seale.

“I think he must work with (Patrick) Mabedi, he has been there and he has no ego to say, I want this position because I have been here for a long time – I am sure he will help him in terms of the players," said the Soweto-born legend.

“He knows the players because he has been with them during the pre-season and I hope they work together with the coach and make the club one of the biggest in the PSL by bringing trophies," he concluded.