Charismatic Dolezar to coach Aces

2010-12-31 00:00

MPUMALANGA Black Aces yesterday appointed charismatic former Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic coach Paul Dolezar as their new head coach.

The 64-year-old Romanian-born Frenchman replaces the outgoing Neil Tovey, who was fired in the past fortnight after a string of poor results. Tovey was Aces’ second coach this season after the Nelspruit-based team sacked Savvas Agiomamitis of Greece just after the start of their campaign.

Dolezar is a coach renowned for winning trophies. With Chiefs he finished league runners-up twice and won the Rothmans Cup twice. At Sundowns he won the Rothmans Cup and the league title and at Celtic he won the SAA Supa 8.

According to a statement on the Aces website yesterday, “Dolezar was nearly appointed the head coach before, but was then not immediately available.

“He has also impressed the directors and management with his ‘business plan’ on Aces. Aces management is very happy to have signed a man of this calibre.”

Aces CEO Marc Grune, in referenced to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, was quoted as saying: “We now have our very own Sir Alex!”

The club’s statement continued: “He [Dolezar] is highly recommended and has all the attributes to coach Aces. He also understands the club’s mandate — that being to move Aces away from the relegation zone.

“He will start immediately and will meet all the players tomorrow [today].”

Aces are in their second season in the PSL, having won promotion in 2007/08. They survived last season by the skin of their teeth, winning in a penalty shootout in the promotion/relegation playoffs against Black Leopards having finished second-last in the PSL.

Mpumalanga are currently second-last (five points from 12 matches) in the PSL, which is in its Christmas recess. Dolezar’s first match in charge will be when his side meet third-last Maritzburg United (10 points) at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday, January 7.

Dolezar returns to South Africa after a period of five years, his last job in the PSL ending when he was fired by Celtic in 2005.

Former Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral had also been linked to the Aces job.

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