'Doctor Khumalo should consider leaving Kaizer Chiefs' says Clive Barker


’16V’ was recently redeployed at Naturena following the appointment of John Paintsil to assist Steve Komphela – reportedly to the Amakhosi youth structures where the academy was shut down in 2010 due to age-cheating.

It is quite a fall from grace for Doc after four years serving as the number two at South Africa’s most popular club.

Ryan Giggs recently left Manchester United after it was clear he would not get the top job following Jose Mourinho’s appointment, and Barker feels Khumalo should do something similar.

The 72-year-old Barker, who most famously won the 1996 African Nations Cup with South Africa and has held dozens of coaching positions in the PSL, feels that if Khumalo wants to be a top coach in future and not only for Chiefs, he should go and learn his trade elsewhere.

“I think it would be a good thing for Doctor to branch out and test his skills in a very, very tough environment,” Barker told snl24.com/kickoff at Durban High School as he handed out graduate certificates for upcoming coaches.

“I just hope that [if he moves to another club] Doctor gets the team and quality players to work with. That said, my message to him is ‘Doc, have a go and you’ve got all the skills in the world and you were a fabulous player’.”

Barker has never hidden his feelings about Doctor Khumalo and many times has said he is one of the best players South Africa has ever produced, and that without him Bafana would not have tasted continental glory.

The 72-year-old believes Komphela will be under a lot of pressure early next season and the decision to remove Khumalo wasn’t wise.

“We hope Steve will be successful and nobody wants to leave the competitive environment. I have said to everybody that Khumalo is the best player I worked with and I’m quite sure he has got something to offer,” Barker adds.

“Unfortunately it didn’t work out like that and Steve will be up against it. And if he doesn’t produce the goods early in the season I think he will have a lot of pressure.

“I think the two of them should have built something nobody could challenge and unfortunately he has gone to another route for the technical staff.”

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