SuperSport United and Cavin Johnson have mutually agreed to part ways with immediate effect. SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews said, “We’ve had two coaches in 13 years and changing of coaches is not something we want at the club. But, like all PSL clubs, we also have results-driven and want to compete with the best in the country in both the short and long term. The spate of recent losses does not reflect the quality in our squad.” Johnson said, “I was mandated to rebuild the team. I reduced the average age of the squad to 23 and we finished our first season in 5th position which was an improvement from the previous season. This season we signed new players and again promoted from the academy, but it takes time for team to gel and for results to come. Unfortunately management wanted immediate results and that does not always work when building a young team for the future.”
Matsatsantsa will review the coaching position, but for now under-19 coach Kaitano Tembo will take charge of the team for Saturday’s match against Kaizer Chiefs. The former Zimbabwe and SuperSport captain previously assisted former coach Gavin Hunt and won the Nedbank Cup as Hunt’s assistant. Tembo will be assisted by academy technical director Kwanele Kopo and chief scout Webster Lechaba on the bench.
SuperSport United will make an announcement on the future coach at the appropriate time but former Bafana Bafana boss Gordon Igesund is already being tipped as the hot favourite to take over.