Orlando Pirates head coach Kjell Jonevret resigns

Orlando Pirates announced early on Wednesday afternoon that head coach Kjell Jonevret had resigned.

Jonevret: “I’d like to thank the Club for the opportunity. It didn’t work out as planned. I wish the Club & its supporters all the best.”

The 54-year-old Scandinavian only assumed the role in February, towards the tail-end of the league season. He inherited a team that was very much considered a fallen giant – lying 10th in the league at the time. A change in management did little to bring the good times back to Orlando as the Buccaneers would ultimately finish 11th in the final standings.

With the new season set to kick off in earnest in a couple week’s time, Jonevret’s last match was the weekend’s 1-0 loss to rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the annual Black Label Cup.

“I would like to thank the Club for the opportunity,” Jonevret said in a statement released by the club. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as planned. I wish the Club and its supporters all the best for the future.”

Club chairperson Irvin Khoza reportedly expressed his understanding of the situation. “I wish Kjell Jonevret well in his future endeavours,” he added

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