Absa Premiership

Fish: Pirates are a sinking ship

Mark Fish (Gallo Images)
Mark Fish (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Former Orlando Pirates defender Mark Fish believes the club needs a mass overhaul if the club is to return to its former glory days.

The Soweto Giants have failed to lift a major trophy since the Nedbank Cup in 2014 and have ten head coaches at the helm in the last six years since the departure of legendary Dutchman Ruud Krol. 

The return of Serbian tactician Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic at the start of the season brought much optimism to the Sea Robbers faithful but after a winless run in six games and currently languishing in the eighth - fish feels management changes won't improve the Soweto giants. 

“At Pirates, it is an underlying issue,” he told the media at the Gary Player Invitational golf tournament in Sun City. 

"They have brought in a coach (Sredojevic), they didn’t change anyone from a technical side. Augusto Palacios is still there and so is Screamer Tshabalala. You can bring in as many coaches as you want, the link between those individuals and the first team coach is a problem," the former Lazio defender continued. 

"The link between them and the academy, when was the last time we had a Pirates academy player coming through? The Iron Duke (Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza) says he loves the club so much, really he does not. 

"I played for that club and there are a lot of ex-players who are passionate about that club. If you want to keep things to yourself, you want to see the club falling apart as it is, because it is." 

After failing to finish in the top-eight for the first time in the modern Premiership era last season, the former Bafana Bafana defender claims they will be lucky to improve with the current hierarchy calling the shots. 

"Nothing is going to change at Pirates, they will be lucky if they finish eighth. It is sad what is happening and I think it is going to be a long time until Pirates win a trophy."

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