Jonty Mark
Football Editor
3 minute read
7 Nov 2019
2:42 pm

Benni McCarthy was larger than life

Jonty Mark

When I woke up on Monday morning and read the news that Cape Town City had sacked Benni McCarthy, there was one element of the statement from the Cape club that struck me as a refreshing break from the norm when coaches are given their marching orders.

Benni McCarthy (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

This is, simply, that City admitted they had fired their man. "Cape Town City Football Club has terminated the employment of coach Benni McCarthy with immediate effect, following a run of performance that saw the club win 2 of the last 18 games," read the statement. Whatever you think about the merits of the decision, the acknowledgement that he was fired is a welcome respite from this "parted ways by mutual agreement" nonsense too often spouted by teams who want to put a nice warm lyrical blanket over what has actually occurred. McCarthy did a fine job for much of...