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21 Feb 2017
1:58 pm

New Pirates coach already eyeing Soweto derby


Only hours after his appointment on Monday, Orlando Pirates’ new coach Kjell Jonevret has already set his sights on crosstown rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

RESIGNED: Kjell Jonevret has resigned as coach of Orlando Pirates (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

Jonevret said at a press conference that the club had to develop its own playing style. However, time was of the essence because the next Soweto Derby was a mere week away.

One thing for sure about Jonevret is that he enjoys an attacking style of play.

“I like offensive football. But we need to find the Pirates way. Our own way. We have Chiefs in a week or so,” Jonevret said.

“I will try to be myself as well. I know it’s different coaching in South Africa, but I am excited to learn a new culture. I have worked with a lot of African players, from Nigeria and other countries,” he continued.

“I am going to do what I normally do. I will continue with my philosophy. I have seen them play in the last couple of games.”

The 54-year-old mentor joins the club with an extensive knowledge and experience in football having been in the industry for over 20 years, even though his appointment raised some eyebrows at Monday’s announcement with many journalists unaware of his name.

Announcing the appointment, club chairman Dr Irvin Khoza said: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Jonevret to Orlando Pirates. He brings with him a wealth of experience and professionalism.

“One other aspect which attracted us to Jonevret was his loyalty to the club’s he worked for. In an industry where coaches around the world have become accustomed to moving from one club to another, Jonevret has shown in the previous club’s that he has worked for, that he is someone who wants to be involved in long-term projects and not quick fixes.”

Meanwhile, Jonevret who has also been part of the Swedish national team as technical advisor said: “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work as Head Coach of Orlando Pirates Football Club. It is my sincere hope and desire that I can repay the faith the Chairman has shown in me.”

Jonevret will be joined on the bench by Benson Mhlongo and Herold Legodi as assistant coaches.

Jonevret is a former player who plied his trade in the Swedish premier league in a 13-year career which saw him play for the likes of AIK and Viking FK.

Following his retirement from the game in 1992, Jonevret embarked on a career in coaching and quickly made his way up the ranks going on to coach the biggest clubs in Sweden – AIK and Djurgardens IF.

During his time at Djurgardens IF, he led the team to league and cup success in 2005 and was later named Coach of the Year.

After spending four seasons with Djurgadens IF, Jonevret moved on across to Norway to coach Molde FK and most recently Viking FK.

He was voted Coach of the Year in 2009 for his time at Molde FK.

Jonevret was assistant coach of the Swedish national team in 2011/12 and currently holds a UEFA Pro Licence.