LeRoy to succeed Parreira?


The Brazilian’s resignation was officially announced by Safa this afternoon after a lengthy meeting between the parties. No successor was named, though assistants Pitso Mosimane and Jairo Leal will remain in charge in the interim.

LeRoy was interviewed for the position in 2006 before Parreira was finally appointed, and has previously described being at the helm of Bafana as a “dream job”.

LeRoy, who led Ghana to third place in the recent Africa Cup of Nations finals on home soil, is understood to have a two-year contract from the Ghana Football Association on the table, but he has yet to put pen-to-paper.

The 60-year-old is no stranger to African football, having coached Cameroon (1985-88 and 1998), Senegal (1990-92), DR Congo (2004-06) and Ghana (2006- present), but his credentials on the world stage could be called into question.

He took over Ghana after the 2006 World Cup in Germany and has led them to 19th in the Fifa World Rankings in July, their highest-ever position.

KickOff.com’s efforts to reach LeRoy or his agent, Gael Mahe, for comment have proved fruitless.

Parreira told the media at Monday’s news conference that he and Safa had come to an amicable decision that he will relinquish the post of head coach from May 2.

“It was a very difficult decision to make but I need to dedicate more time to my family. I will remain available to ensure a smooth transition until the new coach is available and I am also available for consultation as a technical advisor,” Parreira said.

“I regret very much that it has come to this but my family needs me, especially my wife. Every human being needs to find balance between their personal and professional lives”.

KickOff.com reported earlier that Parreira’s wife Leila was suffering from cancer and went an operation late last year.