Palacios wasn’t expecting Pirates job

Augusto Palacious coach Orlando Pirates during the Telkom Knockout Quarter Final Press Conference of Orlando Pirates at PSL Offices. (Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

Augusto Palacios has revealed how he was asked to take over at Orlando Pirates after Muhsin Ertugral’s sudden departure this week.

e veteran mentor said he wasn’t expecting to be installed as a stand-in coach as he was not even aware that Ertugral had left.

“One thing the chairman knows is that I don’t have any ambitions to become coach‚ I have never applied for jobs at Safa‚ (Mamelodi) Sundowns or Free State Stars. He approached me,” said Palacios.

“I was in a meeting with a consultant. And then Thandi (Merafe, Pirates’ media officer) suddenly told me the club has called a press conference at Rand Stadium.

“Then I went home. And then my cell phone started ringing and ringing. I said‚ ‘What’s going on?’ My wife phoned and I said‚ ‘I know nothing?’.

“I went to Rand Stadium‚ I saw the players‚ I saw the coaches‚ and I thought‚ ‘What’s going on here?’. And I sat like this,” he said folding his arms.

He said in that meeting Khoza was addressing the players on the latest developments when he suddenly turned to him. “He asked: ‘Do you want to coach the team – yes or no?’.

“I did not apply for the job. It was the chairman who asked me to take over in a difficult situation,” explained the 64-year-old Peruvian born coach.
He said he would not be abandoning his passion which is coaching in the development structures where he has produced many players who have gone to become good players and national assets.





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