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Leal and Pirates part ways

2012-04-02 13:39

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates coach Julio Leal has parted ways with the club by mutual consent, the PSL champions confirmed on Monday.

The Brazilian was asked to step down temporarily earlier this season, with Augusto Palacios coming in as caretaker coach for the past several matches.

However, the Buccaneers confirmed Leal would not come back in as head coach, and that his time with the Soweto giants has come to an end, effective immediately.

A statement released on the club's official website read: Orlando Pirates Football Club and Head Coach, Julio Cesar Leal ("the Head Coach"), this morning have parted ways following a meeting requested by the Head Coach's agent, Nadim Mahmood, ahead of the hearing that was to be adjudicated by Mr. Zola Majavu.

The Head Coach requested that the details of the investigation not be disclosed as they were not tested in a hearing. The Orlando Pirates Football Club Board of Directors ("the Board") has accepted the parting of ways with the Head Coach which is with immediate effect.

The Board concurs that the statements collected as part of the investigation remain allegations as they were not tested in cross examination.

The Board is satisfied that the matter was handled in accordance with the Club's handbook which is incorporated into the Head Coach's employment contract.

The Board wishes the coach success in his future endeavours.

Football411

Comments
  • Tokollo - 2012-04-02 14:50

    Now we can focus on the league. All we need is to take one game at a time and we should be able to win it. Up the Bucs.

      Sphiwe - 2012-04-02 15:05

      With the museum that is currently employed by pirates, i don't think they can still win the league. Maybe it will take them another two or more decades to win a silverware. I don't blame Leal if he says he doen't see Pirates as a team fit enough to lift the league trophy this season.

      thabane.dladla - 2012-04-02 15:56

      Leal failed us completely!!pirates have quality team than any psl club....just tht ths guy(Leal)ddnt find th ryt formula, tht why he was fumbling... Bck to Iron duke, we need Krol finish a klaar,I dnt trust this guy.He will think pirates is a development team while it not....watch the space mabhakabhaka

  • Dhirshan - 2012-04-02 15:18

    bizzare! the guy amazingly wins the telkom knock-out and defends the MTN 8 and was on course to defend the nedbank cup and psl title too until he was booted out just before. if pirates don't win anything for a long time, iron duke must take blame . . .

      thabane.dladla - 2012-04-02 15:59

      Dish !damn r u 4 real? Do u really knw football?..leal find Pirates in th ryt form bcos of krol's work !!

  • peter.kobue - 2012-04-02 17:37

    But we still don't have a coach, I see trouble next season... Bring back Sir Ruud Krol!

  • Fhatuwani Papza Mphaphuli - 2012-04-03 10:56

    He failed us n deserve the chop..we jst nid 2focus on the league title.

  • Thabo - 2012-04-04 16:03

    I no longer trust in Iron Duke's moves when he effortlessly failed 2 renew Ruud Krol's contract. I wonder how did he come to a sense of seeing Leal capable of sailing the OP ship in the right glory compared 2 Krol...!? U see now, his mistake is catching up with him, after one season the guy is leaving... I honestly doubt the next move to finding a better replacement for coach Leal will be wise. Mr Khoza! Please bring back Ruud Krol. I believe the ''winning with style issue'' can be mastered in time should you be patient with him and I trust we would have went far in the Champ's league.

  • Thabo - 2012-04-04 16:04

    I no longer trust in Iron Duke's moves when he effortlessly failed 2 renew Ruud Krol's contract. I wonder how did he come to a sense of seeing Leal capable of sailing the OP ship in the right glory compared 2 Krol...!? U see now, his mistake is catching up with him, after one season the guy is leaving... I honestly doubt the next move to finding a better replacement for coach Leal will be wise. Mr Khoza! Please bring back Ruud Krol. I believe the ''winning with style issue'' can be mastered in time should you be patient with him and I trust we would have went far in the Champ's league.

  • Thabo - 2012-04-04 16:04

    I no longer trust in Iron Duke's moves when he effortlessly failed 2 renew Ruud Krol's contract. I wonder how did he come to a sense of seeing Leal capable of sailing the OP ship in the right glory compared 2 Krol...!? U see now, his mistake is catching up with him, after one season the guy is leaving... I honestly doubt the next move to finding a better replacement for coach Leal will be wise. Mr Khoza! Please bring back Ruud Krol. I believe the ''winning with style issue'' can be mastered in time should you be patient with him and I trust we would have went far in the Champ's league.

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