Orlando Pirates hit back at ex-coach Kjell Jonevret – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Irvin Khoza and Kjell Jonevret

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017. 10:00

South African Premier Soccer League club, Orlando Pirates have hit back at former coach Kjell Jonevret.

The Swedish coach spoke to a television station in his country regarding his departure from the Soweto giants a few weeks ago.

Jonevret reportedly said it was difficult to make his voice heard at the club and that there are many people wanting to be involved.

On the other hand, Jonevret reportedly said the political aspect is extraordinary in the club and he felt he could not continue.

In a statement responding to the coach’s sentiments, Pirates said it is important to honour the details pertaining to the departure of its employees to avoid negatively affecting their future employment prospects.

“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,” reads a statement from Pirates.

“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.

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

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are set to get their 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign underway against Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 19 August at 18:00 (CAT).

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New Orlando Pirates signings excite Jonevret – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates challenged by Ryan Moon and Tsepo Masilela of Kaizer Chiefs during 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 29 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 16:00

Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret reflected on his side’s defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday.

Chiefs successfully defended the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup after defeating their Soweto rivals Pirates 1-0 at the FNB stadium.

However, Jonevret is optimistic about the future as he side prepare for the upcoming 2017/18 season.

“We had a ‘different’ team [at the start] and players in strange positions,” Jonevret told SuperSport TV channel.

“But when we started changing players in the second half and we saw a few of the new guys.

“We created two or three really big chances and with a little bit of luck we could have scored,” he continued.

“Overall we are disappointed, but we have to try to look forward.

The Swedish tactician was pleased to see Bucs’ two new signings Thamsanqa Sangweni and Musa Nyatama making their debuts for the club.

“The two new boys showed they want to get in and play good football. I hope for a bright future for Pirates,” he concluded.

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