Pirates dismiss Krol rumours

2013-12-03 14:17

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates' Administration Manager Floyd Mbele has dismissed speculation linking former coach Ruud Krol with a possible return to the club following his shocking resignation as head coach of the Tunisian giants, CS Sfaxien, over the weekend.

The former Dutch international captain left his coaching job after guiding the team to CAF Confederations Cup glory when they beat TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the final.

Due to the Buccaneers' recent poor run of form, current mentor Roger de Sa’s job was rumoured to be in jeopardy which signalled the former Netherlands defender’s possible return to the side.

However, Mbele insists the club is not in talks with their treble winning mentor.

In an interview with the Kick-Off website, he said they have not made any contact with Krol and that the last time they spoke to him was after the Champions League semi-final when he congratulated the Pirates players.

Krol, 64, coached Pirates to their first silverware in 10 years when they won the MTN8 Cup back in October 2010, defeating Gordon Igesund’s Moroka Swallows 4-1 on penalties in the final at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.

These rumours may add more pressure on De Sa going into this weekend’s Telkom Knockout final against Platinum Stars.

Pirates already lost the MTN8 final to Stars this season and also lost the CAF Champions League final to Al Ahly of Egypt.


  • Lshmael Bongani Ncube - 2013-12-03 14:38

    brng bck Krol,we want him on our team plz.

      Solv Ex - 2013-12-03 19:18

      Fire RDS plz

  • Sibusiso Shabangu - 2013-12-03 14:45

    Pirates administration they always quick to deny any possibility of Krol'return,and I wonder why?.

  • Lindile Lee Joseph - 2013-12-03 14:58

    We need krol back mbele should get rid of de sa

  • Nkosayithethi Immanual Yalezo - 2013-12-03 15:09

    We neeD him back the guy is good if we really wantto conquer Africa Krol is the man that can make that dream a reality.

      Mthoko Nkomonde - 2013-12-08 08:02

      We need Krol back so we can know improve especaily in absa

  • Lwazi Sibiya - 2013-12-03 15:26

    Khoza must swallow his pride and bring back Krol, we are desperately in need of our winning ways

  • Malesela Andries - 2013-12-03 16:23

    there is no smoke without fire

  • Maroga Tj - 2013-12-03 16:53

    We need hm back

  • norman.ngwenya.16 - 2013-12-03 18:03

    Bring back krol

  • Solv Ex - 2013-12-03 19:18

    We want him back, we want him back.

  • Steven Mahlangu - 2013-12-04 07:39

    mxm, due to pirates lack of form, what a u saying ? pirates lost against Celtics, then from playing in African plus a final, now on their 3rd final in a period of 4mounth ,now u want a coach to be fired, pls comment when ur sober, and pls news 24 learn to write sometimes with a meaning

  • Phoka Thabang - 2013-12-04 09:55

    In order 4 Pirates 2 start winning de silverware Mr Ironduke shud bring bck Ruud "mr magicmind"Krol finish n klaar.

      Segomotsi Moleele - 2015-03-11 21:02

      Please guys let us understand this pirates is NOT amuzulu were any one can couch there please we might not show it but we need Mr krol if we don't get hem then we must forget about pirates winning

  • bongumusa.goodman.1 - 2013-12-04 11:00

    I think in the Champions league things started to go wrong when Captain Lekgwathi was suspended and was replaced by Gcaba, who gave away a silly set piece in first leg and in second leg failed to clear the ball which resulted in another Aboutrika goal. Bacela and Segolela also let us down by failing to convert their chances. 'THE COACH DOES NOT KICK THE BALL BUT PLAYERS DO, JUST BE FAIR WITH DE SA PLEASE BUCCUNEERS.

  • Sibusiso Khumalo - 2013-12-04 12:07

    Pirates fans come on guys, Roger got nothing to do with the missed oportunities that your guys missed. you can even hire any coach in the world and he wont score goals for you.

  • Tefo Solomon Moeletsi - 2013-12-04 21:46

    Let Pirates bring him back before is late. He is good

  • Mziyanda Nojoko - 2013-12-05 22:25

    Whats wrong with roger pls be fair guys give the South African a chance this guys is good.Bring this one home ROGER silence the critics.

      Mthoko Nkomonde - 2013-12-08 07:55


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