Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy reportedly throws his hat into the ring for St Mirren job

12:53 SAST 2018/06/06
Benni McCarthy
The legendary South African striker could dump the Citizens and return to Europe ahead of the new season

Cape Town City head coach Benedict ‘Benni’ McCarthy has reportedly thrown his hat into the ring for the St Mirren coaching job.

This is according to the latest reports coming out of Britain with St Mirren having recently secured promotion to the Scottish Premiership after winning the Championship title.

The former West Ham United, Blackburn Rovers and Orlando Pirates striker took over the reins at City from fellow South African tactician Eric Tinkler prior to the start of the recent 2017/18 season. 

British publication, Daily Mail has disclosed that McCarthy along with former Real Madrid midfielder Guti ( José María Gutiérrez Hernández) have been shortlisted for the St Mirren coaching job.

Nicknamed the Buddies, St Mirren are on the lookout for a new boss after Scottish tactician Jack Ross left for English League one outfit Sunderland AFC.

It is said that McCarthy, who was a Uefa Champions League winner in his playing days with Portuguese giants FC Porto in 2004, is keen to hold talks with the Buddies management.

McCarthy is married to Scottish model Stacey Muroe and he has left his family in Edinburgh, Scotland in order take on his first professional coaching job last year.

Last year, the 40-year-old completed his Uefa A License and has been doing his Uefa Pro License through the Northern Ireland Football Association.

McCarthy has also been linked with top Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs such as SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs, who are both known to be on the lookout for a new head coach.

SuperSport and Chiefs parted ways with Eric Tinkler, and Steve Komphela respectively towards the end of the previous season, 

Meanwhile, City club chairman John Comitis has made it clear that he expects Benni to remain with the Mother City side ahead coach of the 2018/19 campaign.

“Until I’m told anything from Benni himself‚ I’m assuming it’s business as usual‚” Comitis told Times Live.

“The last conversation I had with coach Benni [was] 48 hours ago [and] we discussed players we are trying to target‚ to sign‚ so I’m not anticipating any issues‚" he continued.

“But as you know‚ football is football‚ but at this stage we carry on as normal. At the end of the day‚ we go with what we have. We faced this exact situation with Eric [Tinkler] and we got Benni," he added.

Benni signed a three-year deal with the Citizens last June and has since guided the team to the 2017 MTN8 Cup final where they lost to SuperSport.

City also finished fifth on the league standings booking their place in next season’s MTN8 Cup.

"At this stage‚ as far as I’m concerned‚ he’s going back to start training on the 25th [of June]. Benni signed a three-year deal and even if you have a contract‚ you know you can buy the whole contract out‚" he said.

“If it’s a team from the UK‚ I’m sure they can afford that if they really want to‚ but it doesn’t depend on that. It depends on what Benni wants. It’s a compliment to us. If clubs are considering our head coach‚ it means we are doing something right‚” Comitis concluded.