Pule defends under-fire Zinnbauer: 'We all take responsibility for what happened'

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Orlando Pirates attacker Vincent Pule feels the criticism of head coach Josef Zinnbauer is unwarranted and that the players must also take responsibility.

Zinnbauer has come under fire despite breaking the club's six-year trophy by delivering the MTN8 trophy.

'The Ghost', the club's passionate supporters, are not satisfied with a third-placed league finish, especially with how the club had bolstered their squad with several high-profile signings.

Reports coming out of Orlando are that the Bucs bosses met this week to talk about the German tactician's future.

As reported on Monday, a 51-year-old Welshman, Cameron Toshack, is linked with replacing Zinnbauer.

But Pule, the club's top goal scorer for the season with six strikes to his name, has backed his coach and said it was the players who had primarily let the fans down.

"As a team, we need to support each other. As players, we are hundred per cent behind the coach because we lose as a team, and we win as a team," said Pule.

"Now that the things aren't going well, we must point fingers. No, we are a team. We all take responsibility for what happened. It wasn't the coach's fault that we were inconsistent. Being criticised is a package of playing for Pirates; you have to win every game at Pirates.

"We must be consistent. Consistency is key. When you want to win the league, every game, you [have to] take full points. We've told ourselves that next season we're pushing to challenge for every available trophy," said Pule.

"The second round of the season is very difficult; hence you must make sure you do well in the first round. If you can win maybe 12 games in the first round, you have a realistic chance to win the title, and that's our plan going forward."

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