SuperSport United head coach Gavin Hunt says he was heartbroken for being fired at Kaizer Chiefs because he felt he could bring the glory days back.

Hunt has returned at SuperSport for his second spell after he could not finish a season at both former teams Chiefs and Chippa United.

After a shaky start at Matsatsantsa, the multiple-league winning coach seem to have turned things around, as their 3-1 win over Royal AM on Tuesday moved them up to third in the DStv Premiership standings. 

As an experienced mentor, Hunt made comparisons of what is needed to build a successful team, after his short stay at Chiefs and the Chilli Boys.

“If you don’t have the right mentality in the squad, you can have the best players but if they don’t want to play, if they don’t see the game like you see the game,” Hunt told journalists in a press conference after their win over Thwihli Thwahla.

“We need the players to buy in so, we’re long way short of challenging but I think we’re team that’s gonna be competitive but you need to be consistent. Consistency in every position, there’s one or two things you do in every position in the area of the field and if you do that properly you’ll be successful,” he said.

“But that takes time, that takes players training and moving players and these type of things.”

Hunt also confirmed that they have signed Namibian forward Benson Shilongo, who has returned to South Africa after a spell in Israel with Maccabi Bnei.

“We’ve got Benson now, he’ll be a huge help for us, he’ll come next week, hopefully by Friday and ja he’s decent. I think he’ll add a lot of value in our squad. That will be a big plus for us,” he said.

“We’re still active in the market and hopefully by the next window, we’ve got three more games technically before the window comes again. So we need to do something, caress it a little bit, smooth it a little bit, give it a little bif of milk, maybe it will grow you know.”

Hunt went on to lament his short stay at Chiefs and says it hurt him the most because it was the first time he got fired in 27 years of coaching.

“It’s very difficult, you’re a coach for 27 years, you’ve never been fired and all of a sudden you get fired twice in six months and then you say I’m to blame and you go from there,” he carried on.

“Ja, I mean you all know what happened at those clubs, first club (Hunt made a handcuffed gesture), you’ve got no chance and it’s sad because I really felt that I would win there but it doesn’t work like that.

“But here, we’re back at SuperSport, we’ll give it a go, we need to build again and we’ve got good youth there, there’s a good crop underneath the starting eleven but it needs a little bit of time,” he said.

“As I said, we need to nurture it, I think the biggest thing is you’ve got to try win games that you shouldn’t win, you understand what I’m saying.

“And try to turn losses into draws and those type of things and if you can do that, then you’ll get consistency and you’ll have a good team. But it takes time,” he added.

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