Cape Town City has fired coach Benni McCarthy who has been in charge of the club for over two years.

This follows a string of poor results in the current campaign. The team’s assistant coach, Vasili Manousakis, has been appointed as caretaker coach, with a new head coach to be announced in due course.

City are 13th on the standings with eight points from nine matches after winning one, losing three and playing out to a draw on five occasions.

McCarthy, who is the South Africa national team’s all-time top scorer with 31 goals, lifted his first trophy as a head-coach in his second season with the mother city side when they defeated SuperSport United to be crowned MTN8 champions last year.

McCarthy was the only South African coach in the premier soccer league holding a UEFA pro coaching licence, the highest world-recognised qualification in football.