Liverpool show Kaizer Chiefs how it’s done!

Premier League giants Liverpool have indirectly shown Kaizer Chiefs how it’s done in the transfer market when a team needs a coach or manager.

The Reds hierarchy knew at the start of the season that this would be Jurgen Klopp’s final campaign with them.

And they worked hard behind the scenes to secure a new manager for the new season, and on Monday, they announced their man.

In a statement released on the day, Liverpool announced Arne Slot as Klopp’s successor from 1 June pending his work permit.

Slot joins Liverpool after three successful seasons with Feyenoord where he won the league title in 2023 and KNVB Cup in April this year.

The Dutch mentor also won the Eredivisie Manager of the Year on two separate occasions during his time in the Netherlands.

Klopp spent nine solid seasons with Liverpool where he delivered the Premier League title and UEFA Champions League among many trophies.

LIVERPOOL ANNOUNCE NEW COACH

We can announce Arne Slot has agreed a deal to become the club’s new head coach, formally taking up the position on June 1, 2024, subject to a work permit

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 20, 2024

WHAT ABOUT KAIZER CHIEFS?

Kaizer Chiefs knew in October 2023 already that they will need a new head coach for the upcoming season but they still haven’t made any appointment.

This was after the sacking of Molefi Ntseki and the appointment of Cavin Johnson as his successor on an interim basis.

But perhaps the Chiefs hierarchy was waiting to see if Johnson, who arrived at Naturena as Head of Youth, would turn their fortunes around.

However, it was clear from the start of 2024 that Johnson wasn’t the right man for the job, and Chiefs appear to be scrambling to find a new coach.

And the likelihood of Chiefs following in the footsteps of Liverpool by announcing a new coach immediately after the season has concluded are close to zero.

In 2018, Chiefs waited until two weeks before the start of the season to make a coaching appointment, and they disappointed their fans as Giovanni Solinas was roped in.

It was clear that Solinas was a ‘panic buy’ given his record in the PSL – and a few months later, the Italian mentor was shown the exit door.

Now, a number of coaches continue to be linked with Chiefs, including but not limited to Pitso Mosimane, Manqoba Mngqithi and Miguel Gamondi.

It remains to be seen if the next Chiefs coach will come from the list that’s been thrown around week and week out.

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