Kaizer Chiefs legend Mark Tovey unimpressed by Giovanni Solinas's record to date
Posted: 6 December 2018 Time: 18:00
Kaizer Chiefs legend Mark Tovey is unimpressed with the state of the Soweto giants under coach Giovanni Solinas.
The Italian tactician has come under fire with Chiefs seventh in the league standings after 14 games, and recently exiting the Telkom Knockout with a loss to arch-rivals Orlando Pirates, to go with their MTN8 disappointment.
Amakhosi are through to the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup, having beat Zimamoto 5-2 on aggregate following a 2-1 loss on Tuesday, while the Nedbank Cup offers another opportunity to end a trophy drought stretching into an unprecedented fourth year.
Tovey, who represented the club in the 1990s along with his brother and current SAFA technical director Neil, says the Glamour Boys are no longer the force they used to be.
"No, he's done poorly," Tovey tells KickOff.com.
"He's done very poorly. They haven't got the results they should have got, and I don't believe ... as I said to somebody else at Chiefs yesterday, they are not the Chiefs of years ago where teams use to fear them. They don't fear them anymore so, they have lost that little bit of a positive fear from the opposition. They don't fear them anymore.
"It's tough when you are an international coach as an European coach to come and coach our players. So it's tough for me to judge him. [We] can only judge him on results because I don't know the training sessions, but he hasn't done well at all, in what is expected of a Chiefs coach, and what is expected of Chiefs players in the same breath.
"The players have to take some responsibility as well you know. You can do so much coaching, so much speaking during the course of the week but when you get to the game, when you cross that white mark on the field it's up to the players to raise the flag and perform for the supporters.
"Well as I said, maybe it's possibly a combination of both parties. I don't know the coach at all. I heard him only speak a few times you know ... I'm not sure about the players' fitness levels you know, the hunger for the game, which is the most important thing. They need to be hungry to get results. I'm not sure they've got that hunger. They just wanna get their wages at the end of the month, which is not the right thing you know.
"It's all about performing for the supporters. You need a coach ... it's all about man-management skills; how you can raise the level of the player and perform, that's also up to the players. But the man-management skills have to come from the coach. I'm not sure if he has that. I don't know the man at all."
Asked if it would be wise to change coaches in the middle of the season, Tovey said that will need careful consideration.
"Unfortunately this game is about results. It's about results so ... but you have got to make sure if you are going to fire the coach, you've got to make sure you have somebody to replace him who can actually fix what happens now. But as I say, the players also need to take responsibility. I'm not sure if they are taking responsibility right now you know."