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Why Khoza ditched Krol and appointed Leal

[Posted 24 Jun 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Krol will not be returning to Pirates and has been replaced by Leal

In a shock move, newly crowned South African ABSA Premiership champions Orlando Pirates Chairperson Irvin Khoza opted not to renew the contract of trebble winning Dutch coach Ruud Krol, and instead surprisingly appointed Brazilian Julio Caesar Leal.

Leal, who signed a three year contract, was unveiled as the new Bucs coach on Wdnesday morning.

The Brazilian has previously coached in South Africa, having won the Nedbank Cup with Moroka Swallows in 2009 and a short spell at Amazulu. He was fired at Swallows for unclear reasons despite having won the cup. The labour dispute remains subjudice.

The Pirates chairperson, who also dubles as the Premier Soccer League's Chairperson, kept the media guessing as to the future of Krol, after he avoided the media's questions about hether the dutchman's contract would be extendend.

Bad blood was reported between Krol and Khoza, and before the last league matches there was wide speculation that the former Holland captain would leave whether he delivers the league title or not.

The appointment of Leal simply confirmed the rumours at the time, and the football community in South Africa is shocked at the move.

But what reasons could possibly have been used by Khoza to justify refusal to renew Krol's contract?

Talking on the occasion of the unveling of Leal, Khoza confirmed that Krol, in his opinion, was not taking Pirates in the preferred direction, and he could not be part of the new direction that the club had charted.

"I appreciate the work the technical team did in winning the treble. The decision we took not to keep the coach doesn't mean I am against continuity, but I wanted to take a different direction for the club. Krol has done his part," Khoza disclosed.

'With his (Leal's) experience we hope that he will assist us with plans that we have set," Khoza said.

"The team should be playing the kind of football that rekindles the old Pirates culture.

"Of course, there are expectations with Pirates after we achieved what we achieved this past season. It's not easy to repeat a treble."

Apparently it was not only Khoza who was "fed up" with the relationship, Krol is said to have also made his intentions clear not to return to the club.

It is said that Krol informed Khoza through his lawayer that he had no intentions to return to Orlando Pirates, and was talking to potential employers, even before the last match of the PSL.


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