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Krol likely to leave Pirates

2011-05-16 11:27

Johannesburg - Ruud Krol has admitted he could leave Orlando Pirates at the end of the season as he has not entered talks over a new deal.

The Dutch coach confirmed he has not been approached by Bucs' management for a new contract, hence his application for a job to coach India's national team.

"I'm in the end of my contract and until now I have not heard anything from Pirates, so that means I will leave," Krol told Football365.co.za.

Krol also spoke of his delight after his charges reached the Nedbank Cup final - their third major cup final of the 2010/11 season.

The Buccaneers powered to MTN8 cup glory in October after beating Moroka Swallows in Durban, but came off second best to rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout final in December.

Now Krol's men have the opportunity to make amends after reaching their third final after beating Black Aces over the weekend and the Dutchman has hailed his team's efforts.

He added: "I think as a team we have done a fantastic job and I have to say I'm very satisfied.

"We have reached our third final and we are still challenging for the league title as well, so I think we were the most consistent team in the PSL.

"I have to say this is a job well done by my team, that is a big complement for my boys. We also played in the charity cup final, even though that is just a friendly tournament.

"When I started with Pirates three years ago I thought that I will leave a competitive team behind me and we did it."

Krol also maintained his belief that his team still has a big chance of winning the league this coming weekend.

Ajax Cape Town are in the driving seat with 59 points to Pirates' 57, while Kaizer Chiefs are third on 56 points.

Bucs meet Golden Arrows at home on Saturday, while Ajax are expected to beat Maritzburg United, also at home.

Krol, though, remains very confident.

"The title is still possible. You must also believe in miracles but you must do your job first," he concluded.

Football411

Comments
  • Cassels Madingwane - 2011-05-16 16:28

    Is it coincidental that recently most of the teams that win the league don't actually win any cups and if so, is it advisable to aim to too many competitions with the league? Pirates has been in all cups finals and subsequently played more games than most teams. The same cannot be said about Ajax or SuperSport when they both challanged for the league!

  • pitch khoza - 2011-05-16 17:16

    Is a jod well done by Ruud Krol. wish he could stay with the team and guid them to yet another successful race! He knows the players better, knows where to fix and the players and us as supporters are hapy with his work but I guess management have the final say when it comes to these kind of things.

  • Mxhuma - 2011-05-16 17:21

    The man is an enigma. I am not sure whether he is a good coach or not. Khoza has been very quiet off late. For the sake of consistency it would be good to give this Dutchman another two years at the helm.

      Munyai - 2011-05-17 07:51

      Even 3 years will do, he has brought happiness to OP fans

  • Canute - 2011-05-17 15:24

    Krol deserves another chance through his succes, I'll say he is the best coach in the PSL,even though players cot injuries and coation cards but he worked with what he had, and He took the team to play tree finals and won ane and he is still in a League race (all this in one season).I mean what alse do we want,Unless if the Manangers have a better coatch than thise one.......I'll agree.

  • YES - 2011-05-17 16:06

    It is shocking that after such a good display by club management has not entered into any negotiations with players whose contracts are near the end. The inertia may be costsly for the club as there will, in the minds of those affected, nothing to play for. In fact, I blame management for a recent slump of form in the team. Manmagement is complicit for loss to Supersport and a draw to Santos, period. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Krol. He succeded to raise the profile of the team and where the likes of Mutumbo, Da Gama, etc failed.

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