Bosso, DeMbare in desperate moves

HARARE - Zimbabwe's two biggest football clubs, Dynamos and Highlanders, seem to be still stuck in the past judging by events in recent weeks.

The two clubs have in recent weeks placed job vacancy notices in the press for the position of head coach.

Dynamos were left in a quandary after their coach for the past four seasons Calisto Pasuwa announced he was not renewing his contract when he led the Glamour Boys to their 21st league title in November.

At the same time, Bosso are also searching for a permanent replacement for Kelvin Kaindu, who left the club in October.

The Bulawayo giants finished the 2014 campaign under the guidance of caretaker manager Mark Mathe.

The move to advertise for the coaching posts has, however, highlighted how backward two of the country’s oldest and most decorated clubs operate in this digital age.

Earlier this year, Manchester United started their search for a new manager after sacking David Moyes in April due to poor results.

Old Trafford executives worked behind the scenes to secure the services of Louis Van Gaal, who was at that time the Holland manager.

It was the same scenario when Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich had to find a replacement for Jupp Heynckes, who retired at the end of the 2013 season.    

“Jupp told us that he wanted to end his career,” Bayern’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“That is when we started to deal with the issue intensively and when we began negotiations with (Pep) Guardiola. He said that he could definitely imagine working in Munich, and we reached an agreement.”

Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association (Zisca) chairman Bheki Nyoni said the danger of big clubs advertising for coaching posts is that they get a lot of applicants and in the end complicating the process.

“Advertising for a job opening is the normal practice in all corporate entities but in football it is different,” said Nyoni.

“In football the best option is to headhunt for a coach that you think will be able to deliver the results you want to achieve.

“If big clubs in Africa advertise for such posts, they are bound to get long CVs from all over Europe, from coaches with poor CVs.

“Dynamos and Highlanders are big institutions and they should have headhunted for the coaches.”

Former Zimbabwe international forward Agent Sawu, who made his name with Zimbabwe Saints and DeMbare, however, feels the two clubs can take any recruitment route they so choose.

“I would like to believe that the two clubs’ sat down as a board and decided that it is the best route,” Sawu told the Daily News.

“The club bosses are the ones calling the shots and I think they believe it is the best route to go about it to find a new coach.”

Comments (1)

Public advertising is the best way for the two clubs it gives them an advantage when negotiating the package. Head hunting can be the best way for European clubs with deep pockets it does not work for the cash strapped Dynamos and Highlanders. Do not think what works best in Europe is the best worldwide.

kadyamahara - 17 December 2014

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