Benni McCarthy

Where is Benni McCarthy now?

A fan’s favourite at Blackburn Rovers after scoring 24 goals for them in the 2006-07 season, Benni McCarthy retired from playing in 2013 after a spell back in South Africa with the Orlando Pirates.

In a career that took in five countries, McCarthy bagged a hatful of trophies including the Eredivisie with Ajax, the Primera Liga and the UEFA Champions League with Porto and the South Africa Premier League with the Orlando Pirates.


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Having expressed a desire to start a career in coaching once his playing career had finished, McCarthy joined up with Celtic at the start of the 2013-14 season to get some experience.

A year later he joined Scottish side Hibernian as a temporary coach whilst he worked towards completing UEFA Pro Badge.

In May 2015, McCarthy was robbed by gunpoint whilst visiting a barber shop in Johannesburg. Although he was not injured, the gunmen took jewellery including his wedding ring.

After a spell with Belgian side Sint-Truidens coaching their strikers, McCarthy joined the club on a full-time basis in September 2015 as assistant manager to Chris O’Loughlin.

Unfortunately his role was short-lived and he left the club by mutual consent in April 2016 despite keeping the club from relegation.

In June 2017, McCarthy was handed his first taste of football management when he was appointed as the new head coach of Cape Town City FC.

A fifth placed finish in his first season in charge and a fourth season finish in his second season preceded a terrible run of form at the start of the 2019/20 season and he was sacked in November 2019.

Prior to his appointment at Cape Town City he had been working as a match analyst and pundit for South Africa television network SuperSport.

Follow on Twitter @bennimccarthy17

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Benni McCarthy: Premier League Statistics

NationalitySouth Africa
Yellow Cards15
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forBlackburn Rovers, West Ham United

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