Gavin Hunt leaves SuperSport to join Bidvest Wits

The successful SuperSport United manager will take over the reins at Bidvest Wits next season

SuperSport United will be on the “hunt” for a new coach after Gavin Hunt’s move to Bidvest Wits was confirmed on Wednesday by the club.

Hunt enjoyed a prolific tenure at Matsatsantsa, winning 3 PSL titles and turning the side into a force to be reckoned with in South African football.

There has been significant speculation regarding Hunt’s position at SuperSport with the move to Wits being a likely prospect for some time.

The club confirmed the appointment with the following statement from CEO Jose Ferreira, "We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of Gavin Hunt as our head coach.

“He has an impressive CV not only with Supersport United but with every other club he has coached prior to that.

We have signed a long term contract with him and we believe that, in line with our long term vision for the club, he is the right coach to lead the process that we have embarked on to transform our team into a consistently competitive force in South African football."

Bidvest Wits also commended Clive Barker for his efforts as interim coach of the side, as the former Bafana Bafana coach guided the team to a top 8 finish in the PSL.

“We also want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Clive Barker for the remarkable work he has done with our team over the last 5 months of the season.

“Whilst we seldom found ourselves outside the top 8 in the first half of the season, it was with Clive at the helm, in the second half of the season, that we saw the quality of our players come through and where we imposed ourselves on the field of play.

“Clive will always be remembered as an important part of our initial efforts to turn things around at our club.”

Cavin Johnson and Steve Komphela have emerged as frontrunners for the position of head coach at Matsatsantsa.

Hunt’s final game in charge of SuperSport United was their 1-0 Nedbank Cup final loss against Kaizer Chiefs last weekend.