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Julio Leal was not aware he was suspended

Posted: 13 March 2012 Time: 09:11 can reveal that Orlando Pirates coach Julio Leal was only informed about his suspension when he turned up for training this morning.

Leal arrived at training this morning for work only to find club boss Irvin Khoza and other members of management team addressing the players about the latest developments regarding the technical team at Parktown.

"I guess the coach did not know about the suspension because he came with the rest of the team and went to the changeroom to dress up in his tracksuit to prepare the team for training session," a Bucs player tells, on condition of anonymity.

"The chairman was already at training to address the players about the latest developments. The chairman told us the Augasto Palacious is now our caretaker coach until they find a new coach.

The departure of the Brazilian coach also seems to have taken the players by surprise, as they thought their relationship had improved.

"We spoke after the game in Angola that we all need to pull together for the benefit of the club. I thought everything was back into normal and working together towards a common goal to help the club continue winning titles. I think all the players were surprised about the latest development."

Palacious, meanwhile, seemed to enjoy his first training session, and the players looked like they are ready to work with him to defend the League and the Nedbank Cup.

"The players that worked with him before say is a very good coach and likes discipline. We are ready to work with him for the benefit of team and the club supporters," the Pirates player says.

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:18 am
now he is aware
Dr_Prof_(Soccer Analyst_Anti-KickOff and Soccer Laduma)
posted: 09:20 am
I can tell you that this player/informant who always speaks on condition of anonymity is Thulasizwe Mbuyane, this guy deserve to be a journalist
posted: 09:22 am
He was in a meeting with Dr Khoza last week wednesday and informed about his management of the team after angola. He must stop pretending ans cause confusion on the team. Now everybody know.
posted: 09:27 am
How possible is that Mr editor?

I mean this thing was on the news all over yesterday or lomuntu akabukeli indaba and he doesn't listen to radio's and if kunjalo where was he izolo when they took a decision in the morning? was he at training wonke ama-sessions wayizolo or what?, One thing i know even if u-Khoza i-mafia engakanani ngeke amemezele udaba olubucayi kanje ngaphandle kokuthi balu-communicate no-coach first...Please stop making us fools together with that Anonimous of yours, Zolo lokhu the same anonimous source of yours was saying he has lost the dressing room now that he is suspended it's another story oohhh plz and you expect us to believe this nonsense, awuhlukile phela wena nomuntu othi Jump to us and thina kumele sithi how high....Just leave OP in peace toe sesikhathele yinina namanga enu.....
posted: 09:28 am
Surely , it is very unproffessional for the TOOTHLESS ONE, to run to the media before informing the coach. The coach did the right thing by turning up for work this morning. He should just accept his package and forget about the investigation.
posted: 09:30 am
Julia fails to beat the Angola team,struggle against the coastal team.Mention things like that in his report,boring training methods.That did he espect,atleast Irvin save him from the Derb
posted: 09:30 am
@KaMashobana: 2012-03-13 09:28 [ Report ]

ungazofakaza into ongayazi lana. this coach must learn to learn newspapers websites and listen to people when the talk2him if he can't then he has a problem.
so hope as wena wazi kakhulu ncono uyomfundisa ukufunda hope that will make you happy.

posted: 09:32 am
WTF now the man (leal) is now aware so wat,we need 2 focus 4 Santos game and saturday game dats all,if we win them cum end of this weekend w'l be log leaders then u mr editor u will have report on dat

UP THE BUCS,till judgement day
posted: 09:37 am
Mina all i'm asking ukuthi where was Leal yesterday the whole day if he only learned today about his suspension?. Manje wena editor you need to tell us this anonimous person of yours...Sesikhathele yinina nobabili damnnnnn
posted: 09:38 am
things that happen in chibuku fc,

is Raphatlhela aware that is no longer a player?
evry where he goes is either he wear a chibuku shirt or bafanabafna,even at thabang lebese funeral he rocked in with chibuku fc track suites,
posted: 09:39 am
in short he is fired " The chairman told us the Augasto Palacious is now our caretaker coach until they find a new coach."
posted: 09:39 am
I am glad this old man is leaving our beloved club...i trust Palacios cos he knows evrything, he wont start from scratch.
posted: 09:39 am
I doubt if this "Anonymous” player does exit, there seems to be a plot to destabilize the team, I mean Leal would have seen the papers yesterday if not him at least people around him would have seen the report and alert him, he would have in return phone the chairman for clarity. I don’t buy this story.
posted: 09:39 am

whether he was aware or not, we have a game against Santos tomorrow.

Leal is now history, we rather focus on the team n Njenje

i am warning Chiefs in advance because Augusto know the culture at the club

Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 09:41 am
Leal is just a confused old man,this story was al ova the news n i m sure people cald him too.It was on Pirates website nogal,this is a clear sign that we just hired a retard of a coach.Has any1 eva heard Leal answer a question directly?
posted: 09:43 am

Talking about Leal is like wishing for Teko,Cheese, etc to be stil at Pirates.

Life must move on and fortunately in the best interest of Pirates fans and their team.
posted: 09:44 am
Shame ths Old age team of Kangaroos with their toothless Doctor who has no degree. Nxa they are going behind Leal's back gossiping about him.

Even these Chibuku fans are blind to see gore Dr Khoza umampara. Leal must take Khoza to High Court.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 09:46 am
@ Ganadlha: 2012-03-13 09:30

Yetjhe Ganadhla,awa ngithabe khulu ngombana umbanduli lo bekaphelelwa maqhinga begodu nehloko yakhe ngathi ayiberegi kuhle.Ungirare lokha afaka u-Ntshumayelo nakuphuma u-Mbuyane bengatjela umma wasekhaya bonyana siphethe ikarisomraro yombanduli.
posted: 09:47 am
That team from Orlando is a joke. How do you suspend your employee and let him find out about it through the media? No wonder Papic left them still not knowing how to write the technical report and Bra K exposed them.
posted: 09:48 am
@ Pie City FC Management and players .... Plz u guys the media wants to mess with ur heads ahead of this week's encounters dnt worry wht the media and my fellow Khosi's have to say focus on tomorrow and saturday's encounters with a clear head they trying to get to u ... I wud nothing more then a fair game on Saturday win or lose my Khosi will stay my Khosi even if Bobby and VV dnt go!!!!!!!
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