Augusto Palacios,Head coach of Orlando Pirates ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix
Friday Dec 30, 2016. 14:00
Orlando Pirates administrator Floyd Mbele says they are not satisfied with their 2016/17 Premier Soccer League campaign.
The experienced administrator spoke to the Sowetan as he revealed that many of the coaches they are targeting are engaged.
Pirates parted ways with coach Muhsin Ertugral two months ago and are now searching for a permanent coach to replace caretaker manager Augusto Palacios.
“Obviously as a club we are not satisfied with where the club is positioned‚ taking into account the extenuating factors‚” Mbele said to Sowetan.
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“But you’ve also got to look at it in terms of its broader context‚ and recognise that Augusto came in as a stopgap measure.
“I think with the loss of the coach [Ertugral] some of these things have started to develop. Nobody‚ I think‚ could have anticipated all of these things at the start of the season.
“Because up until we lost to SuperSport‚ our only loss had been against Wits in a cup competition [2-1 in the MTN8]. So from everything seeming to move in a direction‚ the wheels have come off.
“Our desire would be that Augusto would be there on a temporary basis until such time that we were able to get a coach.
“But that process is on-going. Let’s also appreciate that the coaches that we want are presently engaged.
“So we are having to tread very carefully in terms of the process and our next steps going forward.”
The Sea Robbers are placed at number 10 on the Absa Premiership log with 18 points from 13 league matches.
Pirates have played eight league and cup matches under Palacios‚ winning three‚ drawing two and losing three.