Saturday Aug 17, 2019. 09:05
Micho Sredojevic has sensationally quit as coach of Orlando Pirates just 24 hours before their MTN8 quarterfinal with Highlands Park on Saturday, citing the need to be with his sick mother in Serbia.
Sredojevic has subsequently been linked with the vacant coaching post at Egyptian giants Zamalek, with reports in that country suggesting his appointment has been sealed, and quoting the club’s flamboyant president Mortada Mansour.
But that announcement comes just 48 hours after Mansour announced another Serbian, Aleksandar Stanojević, as the new coach, something he has now seemingly back-tracked on.
“Stanojević will not take charge of Zamalek. It was a trick to find out who the club’s enemies are and I revealed them in front of everyone,” Mansour was cryptically quoted by KingFut.com.
“Micho was our first choice. Tarek Yehia will be his assistant, Ayman Abdelaziz will be appointed as team coordinator, and Amir Mortada will continue in his role as director of football.”
Sredojevic has made no pronouncements about Zamalek, having seemingly turned them down a few weeks ago, saying only he was heading home to Serbia to be with his sick mother.
Pirates announced his departure late on Friday, odd timing considering it comes just a day before a crucial MTN8 quarterfinal.
“The club would like to place on record that this decision was taken unilaterally, and it was the management’s decision to accept Mr. Sredojević to vacate his position based on reasons he has presented which are of a personal nature,” Pirates said in a statement.
“Rhulani Mokwena assumes coaching responsibilities assisted by Fadlu Davids and Franck Plaine.”
Sredojevic spent a little over two seasons in his second spell with the club, leading the team to the runner-up position in the Absa Premiership on both occasions.
He failed to win any silverware during his stay though, with the club having invested heavily in both players and a technical team to support him.