BIDVest Wits has reportedly made Gavin Hunt the highest paid coach in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) with a salary of almost a million rands.

Bidvest Wits announced on Tuesday  that Hunt signed on as The Clever Boys’ new coach and various reports indicated his salary would be R 750 000 per month with a signing-on fee of R10 million. Hunt replaces Clive Baker, who had been leading the team for five months. [pullquote align=”right”]”his salary would be R 750 000 per month with a signing-on fee of R10 million”[/pullquote]

 Bidvest Wits FC Chief Executive Officer, Jose Ferreira, said they were impressed with Hunt’s work, “not only with Supersport United but with every other club he has coached prior to that”.

Hunt is moving from Supersport United where he had been with for six years. During his time with Supersport he won three PSL championships and the coach of the year title three years in a row. Hunt is said to have signed a three year contract with the option to renew.

“We have signed a long term contract with him and we believe that, in line with our long term vision for the club, he is the right coach to lead the process that we have embarked on to transform our team into a consistently competitive force in South African football,” said Ferreira.

 Sindile Sibiya from the Bidvest football club said Hunt will probably start at the end of June.

Barker came back from retirement in January to help The Clever Boys, who were struggling. Ferreira thanked Baker for the “remarkable” work he had done over the last five months: “Clive will always be remembered as an important part of our initial efforts to turn things around at our club.”

 It has not yet been confirmed who will replace Hunt at Supersport United.