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Bucs sack Krol and hire Leal

2011-06-21 12:23
Julio Leal (Gallo)
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates have agreed terms with Julio Leal to replace coach Ruud Krol, according to a source close to the Brazilian.

Krol led Bucs to a historic treble-winning season in 2010/11 but is now set to move on after the news that Leal has struck a deal with Pirates.

A source close to the 60-year-old coach confirmed that the contract will be for five years and that Leal is expected to join the club on 4 July.

"I can confirm Dr Irvin Khoza (chairperson) and Julio agreed on a long-term deal, five years to be precise," a source close to Leal told the Sowetan.

The source added: "Julio is already in the country and is looking forward to taking Pirates to greater heights, starting on July 4."

Leal has over 25 years of coaching experience under his belt, but his most recent spells were at Moroka Swallows, Yokohama FC and Tanzania.

Meanwhile, reports have linked Krol with a move to Mamelodi Sundowns in the off-season. 

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