Former Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques believes that so called small clubs are catching up because the big guns have become stagnant.
The tactician has noticed that there is no development or trust on local coaches which pains him because foreign or European coaches are only coaching in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to build their curriculum vitaes.
“Look, the big teams have have not done enough to grow South African football, but the smaller teams are doing everything right to be on par," Marques told Goal.
“In my analysis, the big guns are not running away in terms of the standards and the only team doing so is Mamelodi Sundowns. They are head and shoulders above everyone else,” he said.
"Regarding the final, congratulations to Baroka and they deserve all the credit for fighting to reach the climax. They are no longer the so-called giant killers, but challengers and when you talk of trophies, Baroka will be counted and they are on par with the big guns. They are growing in terms of credibility, football and when you do that trophies will definitely follow," explained the coach.
Speaking about the so-called small clubs and Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele having pipped Orlando Pirates to this season's Telkom Knockout Cup title, Marques said he wishes to see many local coaches being trusted and given more chances.
“I think that to me is a sad part, but I believe the perception must change. The notion that foreign coaches are better than South African coaches does not work," he lamented.
“It is not right and true. Look at Kaizer Chiefs, a foreign coach has come and failed, but they have another one and they don't offer nothing new to us or our football," he observed.
“Sometimes they don't have the right credentials to coach in the PSL. It's sad because we respect a foreign coach more than a local coach and how do we grow our football when we don't hire local coaches," quizzed the experienced mentor.
“I am not saying foreign coaches are not good, but sometimes the clubs do not look at their CV's. Firstly it depends on what the club wants because a foreign coach might save you from relegation, but not able to give you trophies," he added.
“Sometimes you have a certain brand of football that you play and want to develop, but a coach will not be able to give it to you. So all these things should be looked at before appointing a foreign coach," he advised.
“In my opinion, there is time for everything and it won't work if you hire the right coach for wrong reasons or the wrong coach for different objectives. Clubs must look at the CV's because they can be (CV's) misleading,” continued Marques.
Coming back to the fact that Solinas was fired by Amakhosi on Friday and replaced by Ernst Middendorp, the former MTN8 Cup winner reckons Amakhosi must look within the club, because they can't chop and change coaches, yet expect results.
“I think it's not for me to judge because the club has made a decision even of the supporters are not happy, but there is something that must be going wrong at Chiefs," reacted the 57-year-old.
“It's not a matter of not having a good coach now, they have failed to win trophies since Stuart Baxter left them, now how can you say another coach is a failure,” said the ex-Swallows coach.
“In my opinion, they need to look within themselves, find out what is going wrong and try to rectify it. To me it seems like a duck chasing its own tail, it will go around and around with no success," noted the coach.
“They cannot afford to keep firing coaches. I think the problem is beyond coaching and they need to address this issue, try to reinvent themselves," said the former Black Leopards boss.
“It goes back to what I said about the gap becoming smaller between the big clubs, the big guns must be able to operate according to latest trends, the game keeps evolving – sadly the big guns are stagnant,” he concluded.