Orlando Pirates FC experienced a lot of difficulties before the appointment of Micho as their head coach after the resignation of Kjell Jonevret who failed the team to qualify for the top 8 position in their history of South African football. Kjell took over Muhsin who humiliated the team by suffering a 6 goals defeat in the hands of Supersport United last season.
Orlando Pirates management were to make a decision about their coach Kjell Jonevret after he failed to win a single trophy for the team and also by not being able to qualify the team for the top 8 finish which was the worst ever position by Orlando Pirates in decades when he announced his resignation. Kjell went on to say bad things about Pirates management back home in sweden where he indicated that he was not allowed to make decisions about players in the team.
Having parted ways with Muhsin Ertugral before the arrival of Kjell, Orlando Pirates were expected to look for a new coach to potentially begin the second-half of this season, or possibly in the upcoming season, depending on the results under the then technical team. Kjell was appointed and that was the biggest mistake Pirates management did as the man was clueless about South African football although some players praised his knowledge of the game.
After Kjell’s resignation, the Buccaneers had Augusto Palacios at the helm as the team’s interim head coach. The club expected to finish 2016/17 with Palacios in charge of the side, while the management was assessing their options for the new man to take over the team. A lot of big name coaches were linked with the hot seat at Pirates but management opted for Micho who coached the team more than 10 years ago.
Free State Stars will be Bucs’ next opponents in their first game after the FIFA international break, on 19 November. The other six remaining games in the team’s league season for the year will be against Chippa United, Baroka FC, Highlands Park, Maritzburg United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic – which will be the team’s last game of 2016 on 20 December.
The team is also involved in the Telkom Knockout. While Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has put his trust in Palacios to steer the Bucs ship going forward, it is believed that the club has already received CVs from a number of coaches, including foreign coaches, who have shown interest in one of the biggest jobs in African club football.
Palacios has a chance to continue in the Bucs’ coaching role until the end of the year at least, depending on the team’s results and what Khoza has planned for the club.
The Soweto giants could decide to bring in a new coach during the December/January break in order for him to begin preparing for the second half of the season and the remainder of the campaign.
While the club could look to an unknown element, there are options within South Africa and the PSL. Roger de Sa is available after resigning from Ajax Cape Town, while Dan Malesela has been linked to the club in the past.
Malesela played for Bucs’ current technical director, Stanley Tshabalala, and the crew is aware that the work he has done as a coach has not gone unnoticed by Bucs.
However, Malesela is currently contracted to Chippa. The other names that are being bandied about regarding Bucs’ coaching job are that of Luc Eymael, who was previously linked with the club, as well as Giovanni Solinas, who worked with Bucs’ assistant coach Bradley Carnell at Ea Lla Koto.
However, both coaches are currently unavailable as they have contracts with Polokwane City and Stars respectively. Ruud Krol is said to be waiting on the sidelines to take over as Pirates coach if it happens that Jonevret is shown the door for poor performances.
Benni McCarthy was also linked with a Pirates coaching job and the former treble winner Ruud krol.