Former South African international, Benni McCarthy dreams of managing English Premier League record holders Manchester United one day.
The record goal scorer with Bafana Bafana revealed this moment after being unveiled as Cape Town City coach replacing Eric Tinkler who joined SuperSport United.
“It’s very exciting but it’s also daunting,” McCarthy admitted of his new job at Cape Town City as quoted by BBC Sport.
One day my ambition is to be coach of Manchester United, the club I supported as boy.
The former FC Porto, Ajax Amsterdam, Celta Vigo, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United forward’s previous coaching role was in Belgium where he worked as assistant at St. Truiden.
However, he isn’t fazed by the job although he admits the PSL side have gambled on him.
It’s my first job and Cape Town City is gambling on me. I know what I have to do to achieve and succeed and hopefully I’ll prove that my appointment is a good one.
Last season, the team finished third under Tinkler, his former teammate with Bafana Bafana and he thinks the players want to achieve better.
I’ve set targets for myself and the club. Cape Town City finishing third in the league last season was incredible but I hope that the players want to go a step better.
The UEFA Champions League winner with Portugal’s FC Porto also reveals that he has learnt a lot from great managers who among others include current Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho.
I learnt from great coaches that I worked with and I’d like to pit my wits one day against some of my mentors; people like Jose Mourinho, Mark Hughes and Sam Allardyce.
Cape Town City will represent South Africa in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup after finishing third in the PSL.