Tuesday Nov 05, 2019. 08:00
Muhsin Ertuğral could be set for a surprise return to South African football.
According to Soccer Laduma, the Turkish citizen is among two early frontrunners to take over the vacant coaching position at Cape Town City.
The Citizens announced at midnight on Monday morning that they had terminated Benni McCarthy’s contract following a run of two wins in his last 18 matches in charge of the club.
Vasili Manousakis has since been appointed as caretaker coach with the club set to announce McCarthy’s replacement over coming days.
Former Ajax Cape Town head coach, Ertuğral, immediately emerged as one of the front runners alongside former AmaZulu boss Cavin Johnson.
Ertuğral’s last three stints in South Africa were largely unsuccessful. After quitting on national TV following Orlando Pirates’ 6-1 loss to SuperSport United in Nelspruit, the 60-year-old took up the reins at Ajax for the fourth time of his career as he aimed to keep them from relegation.
His attempts would prove futile as the Urban Warriors dropped into South Africa’s second division for the first time and following a poor run of form in the National First Division, Ertuğral parted ways with the Cape Town club.
He then took charge at a struggling Maritzburg United last December but following five straight defeats he was sacked.
Ertuğral, though, has a working relationship with John Comitis having previously worked with the City chairman during his time at Ajax Cape Town and was the man in charge of Mpumalanga Black Aces when Comitis bought the club and relocated it to the Mother City.