Gavin Hunt has become the first Premier Soccer League coach to predict a very quiet upcoming transfer window period in the aftermath of Covid-19.
The Bidvest Wits mentor knows first-hand attempting to beef up a squad under strenuous budget cuts, which several club bosses have already indicated are likely when life does eventually return to normal post the pandemic.
PSL matches have been suspended since March 15, and while the hope is to complete the current season by June 30, there’s still plenty uncertainty.
“Right now everyone has been caught with their pants down a little bit, teams are worried about their situation at the moment and where they will finish like we are all, so not so much on the future. But we’ve got time and hopefully this doesn’t drag on,” Hunt said.
Wits were in sixth place and ten points behind Absa Premiership log leaders Kaizer Chiefs before games were called off.
“We know where our problems are. It’s really simple. We need to fix them, but the problem is that if the season does overlap, you are not going to have much time to get a player, there won’t be much movement. Your window period of trying to trade is going to be very short,” said the four-times championship winner.
“There was a lot we were doing after games anyway. We’ve got all the time and games now, but to sit and watch them all over again is a little bit pain staking. We’ve obviously got to have one eye on finishing and one eye on the future – have a clear plan on what should happen. I have gone over a few games here and there, but you can’t do it all the time.