Ex-Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Jabulani Mendu believes Gavin Hunt’s sacking had nothing to do with what was happening on the field of play.
Chiefs shocked the local football fraternity when they announced that they had parted ways with Hunt less than a year since appointing him on a three-year contract.
Despite not playing well in the domestic league, Amakhosi managed to reach the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.
For this reason, Mendu believes the decision to cut ties was for reasons beyond the pitch and possibly had to do with a disagreement in the boardroom.
“I don’t think it was a good decision to release Hunt. I think it was a business decision, it’s got nothing to do with football,” Mendu tells KickOff.com.
“If it had something to do with football, we could have acknowledged the fact that Chiefs is in the semi-final of the Champions League, and there was a high possibility that Gavin would have played against Pitso Mosimane in the final.
“How do you chase away a coach who has just taken your team to the Champions League semi-final? Yes, he had a bad spell in the league, but we all know what happened.
“I mean, how are you [as a player] going to play for someone you know doesn’t want you? Because Gavin made it clear on his arrival that he wants to release half of the players. Those players knew he wanted them gone, so do you think they were going to play for him?
“And secondly, what did Chiefs do to help the situation or to help Gavin Hunt? Listen, as coaches, we know we get hired to get fired but having said that, what did Chiefs do to help the situation?
“Let’s not run away from the fact that Gavin Hunt is a serial winner. He’s second to Pitso Mosimane in South Africa. So, all of a sudden, he’s a bad coach? Wits won their first-ever league title because of Gavin Hunt.
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“So, I think it was cruel, it was unjust. You can’t tell a coach who you want to sign as a club; the coach should be the one telling you who he wants to sign, and who he wants to let go.
“Was Gavin and Kaizer Chiefs a good fit? Of course not. Was it going to work? Of course, it was, because both Gavin and Kaizer Chiefs are winners. Sometimes both parties need to come to a compromise or sacrifice.
“At some stage, our wives didn’t love us, but we lied to them, convinced them, and they ended up falling in love with us. So, Kaizer Chiefs should have done the same with Gavin and say, ‘Listen, we’re definitely not a perfect fit, but let’s make this relationship work.’
“I think the way both parties handled the situation backfired – both of them have lost. I think Gavin and Chiefs were onto something, but unfortunately in any relationship, if there’s someone who doesn’t want to be told, it will never work.”