Negotiations between AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy and SAFA falls off as the search for a new Bafana Bafana coach continues.
Despite a very clear statement from SAFA more than a month ago that “money was not an issue” in securing the next Bafana Bafana coach, it’s now evident that it is…
And SAFA are going to need to up the amount if they want to secure the appointment of the fans’ favorite, Benni McCarthy.
According to information reaching us, while McCarthy looks set to be named as the national team head coach in the coming days, much to his annoyance his future employers have lowballed him in the final stages of talks over personal terms and available budget.
It’s been widely reported that the current AmaZulu mentor is the last man standing in the race to become the next Bafana coach, but indications are that no deal has been signed as yet and McCarthy also wants guarantees that the can bring his own technical team on board once he takes over the plum job.
The 43-year-old former Bafana Bafana wants his two assistants, Siyabonga Nomvethe and Vasili Manousakis as well as goalkeeper coach Moeneeb Josephs plus his video analyst to join him at Bafana to continue their strong bond that’s currently doing wonders at AmaZulu since Benni McCarthy was hired there last year.
He handpicked the group when he took the AmaZulu job.
It’s thought that SAFA, though keen to hand McCarthy the vacant post, have fallen short of being prepared to stump up the necessary financial commitment to show their full support of McCarthy’s appointment – and that has potentially stalled the appointment.
According to sources, the federation has also offered McCarthy a five-year contract, which would see him be in charge over two World Cups.
However, SAFA are not willing to pay R2 million ($138317.38) to AmaZulu and they are not willing to meet McCarthy’s demands including salaries.