Absa Premiership

Buccaneers hit out at former coach Jonevret

2017-08-15 13:57
Kjell Jonevret (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates have taken exception to comments made by former head coach Kjell Jonevret on a Swedish television show.

According to reports, the Swede said he was frustrated at the club as he was not involved in any decision making processes, and was not happy with the lack of communication from his superiors.

"The working conditions are very special in the club. You are not very involved and that's frustrating," Jonevret was quoted as saying over the weekend. 

"Communication was not very good and it was difficult to make my voice heard.

"It's a big club with very many who want to be involved and make decisions."

But, Pirates have shot back at their former coach, saying Jonevret "failed his probation".

"It is important to note that it is Orlando Pirates policy and practice not to comment about the details pertaining to the departure of its employees to avoid negatively affecting their future employment prospects," the club said in a statement.

"This policy is captured in a confidentiality clause on the employment contract and Employee Handbook the club enters into with its employees. Mr Kjell Jonevret obviously respects neither the letter nor the spirit of the contract and Employee Handbook.

"The truth is that Mr Kjell Jonevret failed his probation and Orlando Pirates Football Club had informed him both in a review meeting and in writing following which he tendered his resignation.

"The club would not want to divulge further into Mr Kjell Jonevret's shortcomings however, it is perhaps in his concluding remark in the television interview that we can get an insight as to his state of mind. Mr Kjell Jonevret said, 'I still feel incredibly lucky to keep up with my hobby. If any club is interested in me then I will listen to them'.

"It will help for him to realise that when he was pursuing a hobby, all around him were hard at work trying to return the club to its winning ways," the statement concluded.

Jonevret resigned as the club's head coach after just six months at the beginning of August and was replaced by the club's former coach, Milutin Sredojevic.

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