The best foreign PSL coaches of all time

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1997/98 - Ted Dumitru (Sundowns) - The Romanian re
1997/98 - Ted Dumitru (Sundowns) - The Romanian replaced Reinhard Fabisch and guided them to their first PSL title. Sundowns suffered just four defeats, finishing on 68 points.
1998/99 - Ted Dumitru (Sundowns) - Dumitru won The
1998/99 - Ted Dumitru (Sundowns) - Dumitru won The Brazilians' second successive PSL title in a season that was decided on GD of +5. Sundowns and Chiefs finished on 75 points.
1999/00 - Paul Dolezar (Sundowns) - Born in Yugosl
1999/00 - Paul Dolezar (Sundowns) - Born in Yugoslavia, raised in France, Serbian citizenship, Dolezar's arrival helped Downs complete a hat-trick of league titles with 75 points.
2002/03 - Roy Barreto (Pirates, bottom left) - Zim
2002/03 - Roy Barreto (Pirates, bottom left) - Zim-born Barreto won the league but was then escorted out of Chatsworth Stadium under heavy security – one of the reasons he quit.
2003/04 - Ted Dumitru (Chiefs) - The Romanian was
2003/04 - Ted Dumitru (Chiefs) - The Romanian was back at it again as he led Amakhosi to their first ever PSL-era title. They finished on 63 points.
2004/05 - Ted Dumitru (Chiefs) - This time 62 poin
2004/05 - Ted Dumitru (Chiefs) - This time 62 points were enough for the Glamour Boys to finish as champions. He claims he left to pursue a research programme in local soccer.
2005/06 - Miguel Gamondi (Sundowns) - The Argentin
2005/06 - Miguel Gamondi (Sundowns) - The Argentinean won the league as a joint-coach alongside Neil Tovey. He arrived in South Africa in 2005 as an assistant to Angel Cappa.
2010/11 - Ruud Krol (Pirates) - This was the Bucca
2010/11 - Ruud Krol (Pirates) - This was the Buccaneers' third PSL title. The Dutch legend led Pirates to a historic treble but ended up leaving and was replaced by Julio Leal.
2011/12 - Augusto Palacios - (Pirates) - The Peruv
2011/12 - Augusto Palacios - (Pirates) - The Peruvian mentor took charge of the Soweto giants between March and September 2012, following Julio Leal's sacking.
2012/13 - Stuart Baxter (Chiefs) - This was the ye
2012/13 - Stuart Baxter (Chiefs) - This was the year Amakhosi did the double as they won both the league and Nedbank Cup. Baxter clinched their first league title in eight years.
2014/15 - Stuart Baxter (Chiefs) - Baxter, now dom
2014/15 - Stuart Baxter (Chiefs) - Baxter, now dominant in the PSL, led Amakhosi to both the league and MTN8 trophies. He is the last foreign coach to have won the title.

With Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp still in with a good chance of becoming a league winner, we look at the esteemed list of foreign coaches who have won the PSL title before him.

Middendorp is aiming to become the first foreign coach since Stuart Baxter in 2014/15 to lift the coveted Absa Premiership trophy, provided the season can be completed.

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The late Ted Dumitru remains the greatest foreign PSL coach of all time with four league titles to his name. In total the Romanian won 11 major domestic trophies during tenures with Amakhosi and Mamelodi Sundowns since 1986.

Check out the full list of foreign PSL winners since 1996/97 above...

Locals coaches have won the league title 12 times compared to 11 for the overseas mentors.

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Gordon Igesund kicked off the inaugural 1996/97 PSL season by leading Manning Rangers to the league title and repeated the feat with Orlando Pirates in 2000/01 and Santos in 2001/02, as well as with Mamelodi Sundowns in 2006/07.

The season before Igesund's last title Neil Tovey also earned a winner's medal as a coach working alongside Miguel Gamondi at Chloorkop.

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Then Gavin Hunt picked up the South African flag again with a hat-trick of titles between 2008 and 2010 with SuperSport United, and won his fourth one with Bidvest Wits in 2016/17.

Pitso Mosimane is the only other local coach since 2010 to pick up the league title, and he now also has four to his name, but every other season has been won by a foreign tactician.

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