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Defeat could be final straw for Hunt or Truter

League strugglers Chippa, Swallows face off

Neville Khoza Journalist
Chippa United coach Gavin Hunt is starting to feel the pressure after a run of poor results.
Chippa United coach Gavin Hunt is starting to feel the pressure after a run of poor results.
Image: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix/Gallo Images

With Gavin Hunt and Brandon Truter under pressure, one of the two could find himself unemployed should they lose when Chippa United and Swallows meet in the DStv Premiership match at Sisa Dukashe Stadium on Sunday at 3.30pm.

Both coaches are on the verge of being fired and a win could save their job as results prove hard to come by this season.

Truter has just returned from his two-week suspension, but Swallows made it clear to him that if results don’t improve they will have no choice but to make changes to the technical team.

In his first match after returning, Swallows played to a 1-1 draw against Stellenbosch last Sunday at home and a better result this time will ease the pressure a bit.

Hunt, on the other side, may have received backing from trigger-happy chairperson Siviwe Mpengesi, but a 4-0 thumping by Kaizer Chiefs last weekend may have given him other ideas, especially if Hunt loses again.

Usually, Mpengesi would have fired a coach by this time, with the Chilli Boys 14th on the log standings with five points from seven matches.

Asked if he thinks he will continue to enjoy the support of the club chair since results are not coming, Hunt refused to comment and is probably aware that another bad result on Sunday could see the end of him.

Swallows are in 13th place with six points from the same number of games, but Truter believes they are slowly improving.

“Luckily now we have some flexibility in our playing style, in terms of what we use on the day and what opponent we are facing,” Truter told the club's media department.

This season, Josef Zinnbauer, Owen da Gama and Sebastien Migne have already left their jobs in the Premiership.

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