Fernandez was appointed in September 2015 in his first technical role following his retirement a few months earlier. He stayed on for almost two years before he was relieved of his duties in August.
He has since been replaced by Serbian Ivica Vukusic, who was brought in at the recommendation of countryman Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
“I am grateful to have been given an opportunity at Pirates,” he tells KickOff.com.
“The chairman [Irvin Khoza] saw potential in me, then asked me to come for a meeting and then offered me the job. It was fantastic for me to be at Pirates and to be honest I really enjoyed it and it helped me in this career path of goalkeeper coaching.
“Since it was my first job in a technical capacity I got a lot of lessons in being part of a technical team. There is no doubt that I will go into my next job with more technical experience than I had prior to joining Pirates.
“To have worked with different coaches [Eric Tinkler, Muhsin Ertugral, Augusto Palacios and Kjell Jonevret] meant I was always gaining.”
Fernandez is currently on the lookout for a new job.
“Being back at home full-time has presented me with the opportunity of spending more time with my family than I did when I was working. While I am out of a job I do follow the game because I have been part of it for most of my life. I am ready to move on now,” he adds.