Former Swallows FC Coach Urges Mngqithi To Leave Sundowns
Former Swallows FC coach Walter Rautman has advised Manqoba Mngqithi to leave Mamelodi Sundowns, citing reasons that he is an experienced coach who should not be reduced to whispering advice to Rhulani Mokwena. Mngqithi was demoted to the position of senior coach in October 2020 when Mokwena was elevated to head coach.
Rautman Suggests A Move to AmaZulu
Rautman suggests that if Mngqithi wishes to continue as an assistant coach, he should do so at a different club. Rautman believes that Mngqithi is way too experienced to sit on the bench, waiting to whisper advice to Mokwena. Rautman suggests that Mngqithi should go to AmaZulu to prove himself again as a coach who can stand on his own instead of being a supporting act.
Mngqithi Should Prove Himself as A Head Coach
Rautman believes that Mngqithi is a good coach who should not be demoted to being a supporting act. Rautman says that it is an insult to Mngqithi’s coaching career to be known as having had a career as an assistant coach when he is a head coach. If Mngqithi goes to another club, Rautman believes that he will still get paid good money, but he must now prove that he is still a good coach.
Sundowns in a Rough Patch
Sundowns have recently hit a rough patch, failing to win their last four domestic fixtures. This includes last weekend’s elimination from the Nedbank Cup, following a 2-1 defeat by Stellenbosch. This was Mokwena’s first loss since being appointed Sundown’s head coach. The four-match winless run has led to criticism being directed at Mokwena.
Uncertainty Over Mngqithi’s Contract Status
It is not yet clear if Sundowns have opened talks with Mngqithi over a new contract. Mngqithi’s contract with the club expires at the end of the current season, and he is yet to sign a new deal.