Chris O’Loughlin and Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy are no longer coaching Belgium club, St Truiden.
“Look we took over the team when it had already played six matches after being promoted into the top flight,” said O’Loughlin in his statement.
“Normally when a coach starts with a team from the first match, they would have a good idea by the 12th match about which players are good and which are not. We didn’t have an opportunity to get this clarity in full.”
“So, we still had to deal with the team finding its feet in the first division, we still had to deal with injuries, we still had to determine which players were good and which were not good enough.
O’Loughlin and McCarthy came to the Belgium club with high ambitions but are leaving with a huge slice of realism.
“We have the smallest squad in the league in terms of experience and age. We also have the smallest budget in the league as a team, and this led to us losing three of our best players to the bigger teams in January, and we didnt really replace them.
“We have managed to achieve our objective which was to keep the team in the division. So I think we have done really well under the circumstances.”
“I have been here three seasons as a coach and so I have decided that this season is definitely my last. There is a small chance that I may go to England next season but I have to wait to see what happens about that. This is my last season for sure.”
McCarthy has also held high ambitions to move up into a head coach in future. On one hand he maintains a balance by mentioning that he’s learning and on the other he’s already believing he will make it to the top of management.
“We will see what happens, one never knows which way the winds blows. But obviously for me priority number one is to keep learning, keep sharper as a coach and when the time comes for me to make the step up I will. But for the medium term future I must put my head down and keep learning.”