Josef Zinnbauer vacates Orlando Pirates hot seat

Josef Zinnbauer vacates Orlando Pirates hot seat
Josef Zinnbauer

by Bertin Basson

Tuesday Aug 17, 2021. 13:00

Orlando Pirates have started their search for a new head coach.

On Monday, the Buccaneers announced that Josef Zinnbauer had tendered his resignation a few days after their loss to Swallows FC in the opening round of the 2021 MTN8 competition.

“I would like to thank the Chairman and management for the opportunity they have given me. Unfortunately, my time at the Club has come to an end. I have enjoyed my time here and would also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the supporters,” Zinnbauer said in a statement released by the club.

“I have spent the last two years away from my family and for this reason I have decided to hand in my resignation. I would like to wish the Club and its supporters all the best for the future.”

The 51-year-old German took over the reins at Orlando Stadium in December 2019. He enjoyed a good start to his tenure as Pirates boss and delivered a first trophy for the club in six years in the form of the 2020 MTN8.

But he was unable to replicate that success in the DStv Premiership and Pirates ultimately finished the 2020/21 season in third spot, 17 points behind league winners Mamelodi Sundowns.

In total, Zinnbauer won 35 of his 68 matches in charge of the Soweto club.

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