Here’s how to steady the Pirates ship

2012-04-07 18:42

Dutch mentor Foppe de Haan’s name has been mentioned alongside those of Nigeria’s Samson Siasia, Frenchman Herve Renard and former German international Lothar Matthaus as candidates to take over the vacant coaching hot seat at Orlando Pirates.

The former Ajax Cape Town coach De Haan was reportedly in the country for two weeks and the rumour mill is in overdrive with speculation that he could be on his way to the Buccaneers ship.

It is not surprising that such big names are being bandied about as this is one of the most sought-after coaching jobs in Mzansi.

But the non-renewal of treble-winning Dutchman Ruud Krol’s contract last season and the subsequent suspension and ultimate axing of Julio Leal despite having won two trophies, have raised one burning question: just what does it take for one to be a suitable coach for the Buccaneers, if winning trophies is not enough to guarantee a lengthy stay?

Based on what happened with Leal and Krol, here is a useful toolkit to ensure that the incoming incumbent lasts in the hot seat:

» Command the respect of the players;

» Speak the same language as the players;

» Have the respect of the chairperson;

» Don’t be prone to any form of influence;

» Get the team to play traditional Orlando Pirates football; and

» Utilise more players from the club’s youth development.

Any coach who heeds this advice is likely to stay longer in the Pirates camp and command a great deal of respect from the hard-to-please Ghosts.

Not doing so will result in the coach being shown the proverbial door, just as it happened with Leal. Pirates are currently being coached by Augusto Palacios who is acting on a caretaker basis.

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