Palacios cautions his successor

Palacios has been standing in since the beginning of last month but his third stint in charge of the Pirates first team has been rather rough for him to deal with at age 65.

Given the task to lead until the end of the year ‘Professor’ appears to have already cleaned his hands of the mess in The Bucs dressing room and feels whoever comes in next will have to move mountains.

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“Any coach who will come in he will need to work,” says Palacios.

Club boss Irvin Khoza is believed to have already identified the potential candidate to take over what ranks as the most taxing coaching job in South Africa with seven coaches having already been tried in the last six years from Rudi Krol, Julio Leal, Palacios twice, Roger de Sa, Eric Tinkler, Vladimir Vermezovic and Muhsin Ertugral.

Since Krol left in June 2011 no other coach has lasted longer than 20 months in charge.  

Palacios is not mincing his words that the players at the club are not pulling their weight in this cause which makes the job of the coach even more difficult than it should be. 

“If tomorrow I have to leave the team and someone comes in, that is not a problem for me. But the players need to be conscious and professional that this is a big club," says the Peru born gaffer.

"All the goals that we have conceded in my eight games have been silly goals. It is very difficult when you don’t know some players. I will be honest with you that I don’t know some of the players who was in the team. Some of the new players are for the prospect but the team needs players with a lot of character and this is my clear answer.

“Whoever comes in I wish him the best but there is a lot of work to do. I tried different formations but then in some positions the team needs to be reinforced to be more solid. This club is not easy to play for and you need to have a strong character and personality to play for [it] but there is nothing I can do, I cannot put injection or trump up the feet or the mind of the players. This jersey is too heavy because it has history but the typical South African comes here, I know players, and doesn’t care because the salary is in the pocket.”

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