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Orlando Pirates and coach Julio Cesar Leal have officially parted ways

Posted: 2 April 2012 Time: 13:23

Orlando Pirates and head coach Julio Cesar Leal have officially parted ways following a meeting with the latter’s representative this morning. reported earlier today that Leal and the team were likely to part ways today.   The Brazilian was suspended on March 12 after he said "he could not see his way forward" and offered the chairman "to do what is right for the club", which in turn prompted the club to "embark on a fact finding investigation".   Pirates boss Khoza revealed over the weekend that the investigators were to report back to the board today and the club would then “peruse the report, apply our minds to it and arrive at a decision that will be the best for the club.”   Now that Leal’s departure has been confirmed, the Brazilian has “requested that the details of the investigation not be disclosed as they were not tested in a hearing. The Orlando Pirates Football Club Board of Directors (“the Board”) has accepted the parting of ways with the Head Coach which is with immediate effect.   "The Board concurs that the statements collected as part of the investigation remain allegations as they were not tested in cross examination… The Board wishes the coach success in his future endeavours.”   Leal was appointed nine months ago on June 22, after signing a three-year deal with the club.   Follow me on Twitter @TTM16 

Previous comments on this story...

Gucci Man
posted: 01:24 pm
Rick Flair ....I think your 1st mistake was on DAY ONE: calling the chairman Dr Irvan Sokhela..mmmnnhh that was not acceptable
Gucci Man
posted: 01:25 pm
Maybe now , you'll be saying "Whoooooaaaaaa all the way to the bank"
Gucci Man
posted: 01:28 pm
"I would like to thank the chairman of Orrlando Parets Doctor Irvan Sokhela".....after signing on dotten line for a million rands contract then you just make such mistake.

That statement didn't sit well with the chirman
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 01:29 pm
This must be one jinxed coach in the entire football history

I must say it was fun having him in the Rats camp during his tenure.

Come on Dr Irvin please surprise with another one.....

I wish Jean Marc Ithier can take over at Bucs
Mfundisi One-Skipper Bakaniya
posted: 01:30 pm
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 01:30 pm
Irvan Sokhela..................LOL
posted: 01:32 pm
we welcome the news, now I hope a good research is done before appointing the next coach
posted: 01:33 pm
Thanks for leaving Julia.......You dont respect OP chairman Irvin Sokhela aka Khoza
posted: 01:33 pm
we wil atack l8k artists n dfnd l8k wariors.ftbl is l8k art.kuphi kona rick flair
posted: 01:33 pm
Thanx khoza nalenja lengumbuya kumele ihambe
posted: 01:33 pm
And what about Tebogo Moloi?
posted: 01:34 pm
tell yourr friend VV he must "Pasop".Europe coach se voet.
posted: 01:35 pm
What is that that was shot cutted and which may not be revealed? This mean that Leal was fired based on a heresay, factless story. Why didnt they conduct a hearing? Leal can pursue this matter in court if he likes because he was unfairly dismissed. But he wont, not with Khoza around. I am sure he got the fattest handshake, i mean a 5 year contract is nothing cheap to payout. hehehehehe..Up the Bugs...
posted: 01:35 pm
oops b4 u go 2brazil dnt 4get 2fetch ur son in law vargas hu nvr mde t 2training seasons nor a debut
posted: 01:36 pm
Oh shame Rick Flair, but don't worry Wrestlemania XXVIII is around the corner
posted: 01:45 pm
What happen to Julia leal at Swallows & OP?Coach please collect your brother at Bafana bafana & hit the road.SA is no longer a place to collect mahala money.The bralizians start to fails in SA.Hollanders and Germans is better coaches in our country,not to forget about our Komphela,Tovey,Hunt,Gordon and others.....local is lekker.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 01:48 pm
Music 2 my ears,dont even come back baba
posted: 01:50 pm
Mr Leal b4 u got dnt 4get to Fetch ur Mabena!! U nearly killed T'K Rantie!
posted: 01:51 pm
Yster or Yeast, please read the statement propoerly. OPFC has concluded the investigation and the investigators were gonna submit report today, after the board has applied their minds on the report...then there was gonna be a hearing with the coach and his represantatives. The coach then decided that the hearing doesn't happen at all through his agent, thus asked the report not to be disclosed. So I don't what you mean about Leal taking the matter to court, because he didn't even wanted the matter to go to hearing. Hence, opted for contract cancellation. And for your infomation, his mandate was to reach finals of Champs League which he failed dismally.
Index finger
posted: 01:52 pm
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