Where JZ ranks to past Pirates coaches


After the shock resignation of Josef Zinnbauer as Orlando Pirates head coach, KickOff takes a look at how the German tactician compared to the club's previous 10 managers.

On Monday, the Buccaneers confirmed that Zinnbauer had resigned from his role as the club's head coach with immediate effect following Saturday's MTN8 quarter-final against Swallows FC.

Scroll through the gallery to see how Zinnbauer's record compares with other former Pirates coaches

The former Hamburg manager took charge of 68 matches during his spell with Pirates, winning 35 of his encounters at the helm, and guided the club to its first trophy in more than eight years by winning the 2020 MTN8 title.

Zinnbauer also boasted the best points-per-game ratio (1.84) of any manager since Augusto Palacios' brief stint in 2012, and the best of any other coach with 50 or more matches at the club in the period in between.

In fact, of Pirates' last 11 coaches, only Milutin Sredojevic took charge of more matches (80) and won more encounters (38) than 'JZ', although the Serbian recorded a lower points-per-game ratio in Soweto, taking home 1.75 points on average.

Orlando Pirates coaches' overall win percentage

Josef Zinnbauer - 51%
Rhulani Mokweni -28%
Miltuin Sredojevic - 47%
Kjell Jonevret - 33%
Augusto Palacios - 39%
Mushine Ertugral - 33%
Eric Tinkler - 44%
Vladimiar Vermezovic - 44%
Roger De Sa - 48%

So despite Zinnbauer holding the best win % ratio of all previous coaches to hold the last 10 head coach positions, he was still sent packing.