Vlad chasing 50th PSL win

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It is no secret that 'VV' – despite winning the Nedbank Cup last season – hasn’t convinced the demanding Pirates family just yet that he can bring them the joy that they desire while withstanding the traditional internal ‘vibes’ at the club. But they are aware that he still has the muscle to influence the dressing room which will bring him the kind of positive results that will elongate his stay at the helm of AmaBhakaniya.

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Fifth place with just a quarter of the season gone is not bad but VV needs no reminder that he needs to start closing the gap on big rivals Kaizer Chiefs sooner rather than later to avoid confrontations.

While a win on Saturday against Ea Lla Koto could be considered routine it will bring the little sweetener to enhance the smile on the face of the Serbian who has won 49 games in 102 league games since arriving in the country through the Chiefs door back in 2009.

Of those 102 league games to date, 83 were as the Chiefs coach winning 42, while at Pirates he has only been on the bench for just 19 league games since making a winning start against Moroka Swallows on March 12.

VV recorded his first ever league win in the PSL on his fourth attempt against AmaZulu on August 30, 2009 in a 3-2 victory at Chatsworth Stadium which lifted Amakhosi off the bottom of the standings.

In his time at Pirates VV has won seven league games – four of which were last season – with his record in those 19 league games at best average as it stands at seven wins, six draws and six defeats – truly mediocre.

Of more relevance is the fact that he has won just thrice in seven games this season.

With the league won with an average of 18 wins the reality is that VV must now win 15 of the remaining 23 games – which translates exactly to a 66 percent win rate – to enhance Pirates’ chances of winning the league this season.

So this basically means the only columns on the log standings that must keep going up are the P, W, GF and PTS otherwise he will start feeling increasingly uncomfortable on that bench.

Encouraging for VV going into this weekend’s contest is the fact that he has only lost once against Stars in seven games since his time at Chiefs winning four, drawing twice and losing once in the 2010-11 season when Boitumelo Sekgobela struck the goal that made the difference at Charles Mopeli Stadium.

While the league has eluded VV in his time in South Africa it is worth noting that he holds an impressive cup record.

Note: Vermezovic has also been in charge of a further 35 cup games winning 24, drawing four and losing seven, winning the Telkom Knockout twice and the Nedbank Cup.

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