Vladimir Vermezovic is back – as a Buccaneer

2014-02-14 10:08

Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic has made an unexpected return to South African football, this time as the new coach of Orlando Pirates.

The club confirmed on its website that Vermozovic has filled the coaching post that was left vacant by Roger De Sa who resigned three weeks ago.

The 50-year-old Serbian national has penned a three-year deal with the former Absa Premiership champions and is expected to start as soon as he gets his work permit, the club said this morning.

“I have unfinished business in South Africa. Orlando Pirates, a giant in African football, is offering me an opportunity to fulfil a dream of a lifetime. I am grateful for the opportunity” Vermezonic told Pirates’ website.

“VV”, as he is known to the football fans in South Africa, spent three years at Chiefs between 2009 and 2012. He went back home to Belgrade after he was sacked seven matches before the conclusion of the 2011/12 season following indifferent results that led Chiefs to finish fifth at the end of the term.

He had a short spell with Partizan Belgrade all the time he had disappeared from the South African coaching scene.

“I had to study Orlando Pirates very closely from the other side. I am therefore not coming into an unknown environment. It should help because I know the supporters expect me to hit the deck running.”

Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza said: “VV is not new to the South African condition. His hunger and discipline is impressive.

“In football, we are in the business of creating memories, history and leaving behind legacies that inspire generations to come. Coaches have become as much a part of this phenomenon as players. I wish VV a memorable and noteworthy career at Orlando Pirates Football Club.”

Khoza said Eric Tinkler, who was the caretaker coach in Pirates’ last two matches, will continue in his role as the deputy.

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