Kaizer Chiefs sporting director Kaizer Motaung Jnr has confirmed that the club will install a new permanent manager for next season.

Cavin Johnson left his role as head of the Chiefs academy to be placed in temporary charge of the Soweto giants this season following the removal of former head coach Molefi Ntseki, who was also promoted from within the club to take over from Arthur Zwane.

Former Bafana boss Ntseki only last 13 games before Johnson stepped up, and after initially making a positive impact at AmaKhosi, the current incumbant also struggled to get a tune out of his players.

This campaign, Chiefs lost out in the first round of the Nedbank Cup to Motsepe Foundation newbies Milford, in the first round of the Carling Knockout Cup to AmaZulu, in the MTN8 semi-finals to Mamelodi Sundowns, and with seven games of the 2023/24 DStv Premiership season to play, are in eighth place with just eight wins from 23 matches.

Motaung Jnr was reported by the Sowetan to have said that the club are reviewing a number of candidates for their head coach role but also understand that not only one man is needed.

He explained: “There is definitely. It’s a something we communicated from the onset — Cavin has stepped in on an interim basis and we’re [committed] to having a different technical structure next season.

“I know we are focused on the next game and the next seven games and we have everything to play for. But yes, definitely the plans have long been in motion — we’ll be having a different technical structure next season.”

The sporting director, however, would not be pressed to reveal who was on their shortlist of candidates.

“Well, you know, it’s our shortlist but who makes that shortlist? From our side we’ve been preparing for a while now and at the appropriate time we’ll make the right announcements.

“Like I said, the wheels have been in motion for quite a while now. We’re also not just looking at it as if it’s a one-man coach; we’re looking at it in terms of what we need and we’ll be making all the changes we need to make that are going to take us in the direction we need to go in.

“I think for us to achieve what we need to achieve, and what this club is known for, is not just going to take one person. It’s not just going to take a coach, or a [change of] technical staff.

“It’s going to take a lot of people, a lot of structures, a lot of elements that need to work that have not been working for many years.”