Jonevret mindful of relegation threat


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Without a win in the last 12 league games in a season in which they have only won four in 21 games, conceding 33 and sitting with a minus 10 goal difference it is not surprising that Pirates are just five points better than bottom-placed Baroka.

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Actually The Bucs are a mere three points from the dreaded 15th position (play-offs spot) that has the name of Highlands Park next to it.

Such is the way that Pirates have sunk into the mud that they are 19 points behind leaders Cape Town City – a team coached by Eric Tinkler, a man whose contract was not extended by The Bucs at the end of last season as he was deemed not to be taking the club in the direction that they wanted.

Yet the reality that is now facing Ezimnyama Ngenkani is that they are almost close to being mentioned in the same boat as the likes of Baroka, Highlands Park and Free State Stars – the poor performing students of this top class.

Their proud standing of being the only club to never ever finish outside the top eight in the history of the PSL is also now under genuine threat.

“You always have to take things [league position] like that seriously,” replies Jonevret about what has now become of Pirates.

“I mean there are a lot of clubs who don’t think they can [face relegation] and don’t believe it until they are there. So you have to think seriously all the time about it [relegation]. But for me right now is the cup game [against Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup last 16] first and then we have… but of course it is a serious situation and I know Pirates are not used to that because normally they are a little bit higher in the league.

“But we talk about it and the only way to turn this around into something positive is what we are doing out here, working hard every day and then hopefully it will lead us to a few victories. But of course we see and can read and hopefully we can win a few games so that we don’t have to talk about that [relegation] any more. But as long as we are down there we have to take it seriously, absolutely,” he confesses.

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The Swede, however, hopes to turn it around in their remaining nine league games.

“As I said earlier I don’t think the league table lies and so far this year Pirates have been 11th but I think it could turn into something positive and we can climb up a little bit. Like I said when I arrived there was many new players and many players left the club and they haven’t found the stability. I can’t think too much about why we are where we are but I have to think about how to develop this into something that will make us get into a safe place and hopefully we can step up in the league.

“There are a lot of teams that play good in this league just like Free State were better than us in the game that we played against them, I mean you have to be honest sometimes. This season has been a problem for the club. I think we will find a way here to be up there again, we have a little bit to go but I am not afraid of that because it is not that big and we have to continue working,” he details in his analysis.

Pirates are back in league action on Tuesday when they host Maritzburg United (19h30).

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