Absa Premiership giants Orlando Pirates have shook hands with a new coach today and it feels like a very familiar surprise. Futaa looks at the club’s coaching shuffles since 2010.
A distinct feature of Pirates’ coaching announcements is often the dramatic manner in which it happens. Hardly any journalists calls a Pirates appointment until the club breaks the news when least expected.
Since 2010, Bucs have given and taken away jobs from no less than nine coaches. In the same period the club won two league titles and five trophies.
Let us roll back the events...
Ruud Krol (Netherlands) - 2008 to 2011
The man with the famous lucky orange shirt is still one of the most-loved coaches in Orlando. Krol brought two league titles and two Cup trophies in back to back seasons.
Julio Cesar Leal (Brazil)- 2011 to 2012
The rather peculiar Brazilian impressed Dr Ivin Khoza by winning the Telkom Knockout with Moroka Swallows. But even an MTN8 trophy was not enough to excite Khoza and the fans.
Roger De Sá - 2012 to 2014
Making his name with silverware success at low-budget clubs like Santos and Wits University, De Sa came to Soweto to become one of only three coaches to stay beyond two seasons in the current decade. But Lady luck came nowhere near Roger: three cup finals and three losses - including a proud CAF Champions League final.
Vladimir Vermezovic (Serbia) - February 2014 to December 2014
Word around town was that the Pirates camp was rotten with ill-discipline on & off the pitch. Step in the no-nonsense Vermezovic. The man famous for shouting Abia Nale to tears, came to Orlando to get players into line. But it never quite worked out with his stay lasting less than a year including an MTN8 final loss against his former side Kaizer Chiefs.
Eric Tinkler - 2014 to 2015
These days a fully-established PSL coach with two Cup titles with Cape Town City & SuperSport United, Tinkler made his name at Pirates. The former Wits University coach under De Sa earned his opportunity thanks to a silver medal in the CAF Confederations Cup.
Muhsin Ertugral (Turkey) - July to November 2016
Orlando Pirates boss Muhsin Ertugral resigns live on TV after a 6-1 defeat - imagine this happening in England! pic.twitter.com/UWb9TKyZWa— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) November 3, 2016
Similarly to Vermezovic, Ertugral was brought into the Bucs dressing room like a feared teacher into a troublesome classroom full of naughty boys. Unfortunately it resulted in a complete wreck where the Turkish coach resigned in a live post-match interview.
Kjell Jonevret (Sweden) - February to August 2017
Out of Sweden came Jonevret. The smiling Swed didn't last long before he quickly found out to be “too soft, joky and laid back.”
Milutin Sredojević (Serbia) - 2017 to 2019
Dr Khoza hardly shows any emotions, let alone over a new coaching appointment. But the man known as the “Iron Duke” never did enough to hide his delight when the “Serbian Wolf” returned to Bucs. From 88 games in two seasons, Micho was unlucky to lose last season’s PSL title to Mamelodi Sundowns by two points and the Telkom Knockout final on penalties to Baroka FC. He dramatically resigned at the start of this season to take up a once-in-a-lifetime gig with continental giants giants Zamalek of Egypt.