Despite McCarthy’s incredible CV as a player, he is regarded as a novice in the coaching circles, which has seen the 39-year-old’s appointment met with much scepticism.
However, McCarthy remains unfazed by the challenges that lie ahead, and one player who believes he will succeed is his friend and former Bafana Bafana teammate Steven Pienaar.
The veteran midfielder, who is also tipped for a return to South African football and a potential link up with McCarthy at the Citizens, believes the country’s all-time goalscorer has the hunger and quality to succeed at the highest level.
“Benni (McCarthy) always wanted to become a coach since I’ve known him,” Pienaar told The Star.
“He has always been a great talker, and I know that he’s going to do great (in his debut season in the PSL as head coach). He has all the right qualities expected from any (good) coach. He’s very intelligent and has got a great personality as well. He’s been like a brother to me for many years now,” Pienaar added.
“I’ve known him long before I even turned pro. He has always given me good advice to act on. I can’t tell you much about how far we’ve come, but yes (we are pretty close),” Pienaar concluded.