Zeca Marques has reservations about Kaizer Chiefs' new coach Giovanni Solinas

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The former Moroka Swallows boss spoke to Goal regarding the appointment of Solinas as Amakhosi coach

Former Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques believes Giovanni Solinas deserves a chance to show his quality at Kaizer Chiefs.

With time not on his side, the Italian boss is expected to turn things around at Amakhosi especially when it comes to bringing trophies to the club.

The Soweto giants announced the former Free State Stars coach on Friday, but many have been caught by surprise based on the coach’s past record.

Solinas is a highly experienced coach in the game, but does not bring with him an array of honours.

On the other hand, the coach is a football nomad as he has failed to stick it out for the duration of his contract in Algeria and at Ea Lla Koto in the past.

“I think whether you look at the coach’s past or not, it is Chiefs problem now because they have made a choice," Marques told Goal.

“I am sure they know what they were looking for in a coach and the CV has impressed them and they picked a coach based on what they were looking for," said the former Swallows boss.

“It took time for them and the fact that he has not finished his contracts in Algeria and at Stars is amazing. But they will see and know what they want from him," responded the coach.

“I am sure they are more than happy to have him on board – but I just shiver because he has not won a trophy, it’s unfortunate but Chiefs wants trophies, so we don’t know what will happen," added Marques.

The former Black Leopards manager also shared his views on why clubs tend to bring back coaches who have coached in the PSL before, such as the likes of Ernst Middendorp, Vladimir Vermezovic and Muhsin Ertugral among others.

“I think, it’s a very good question sometimes they hire a coach based on a track record sometimes to say I can blame the coach if things don’t go right," he continued.

“Some clubs don’t know what they want when it comes to leadership, philosophy, vision, and on whether the coach will take the club forward or not," added the former Lidoda Duvha manager.

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“Sometimes the CV can be misleading especially when you’re looking for a coach," noted Marques.

“But look, I think they have done their homework and believe he is the right coach, they must be happy with the decision, but if he has not won a trophy, that’s very difficult," said the coach.

“I think let’s see what he is capable of doing in a short space of time, in terms of organisation, leadership, and adapting at a club like Chiefs - I am sure it will not be his fault in the end because he was hired with no time to prepare because the league will start very soon,” concluded Marques.