Tso names his preferred Pirates coach


With whispers still making the rounds that Orlando Pirates could be considering the future of Josef Zinnbauer, club legend Benedict Vilakazi has identified his ideal new coach.

Zinnbauer's future at The Buccaneers has been in doubt for some time despite leading the club to third place after a poor start to the season.

The German tactician managed to turn things around late last year but the team suffered a huge dip in form in the bio-bubble before getting it together again towards the end.

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As the available Gavin Hunt's name is circulated in both Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates circles, 'Tso' feels Zinnbauer was not the right person for Pirates from the start because of what he claims is a poor previous record.

"I don't have a problem with Zinnbauer and he has done so well to be honest, but I have so many questions," Vilakazi admits to KickOff.com.

"His record raised so many red flags for many of us. He relegated a team and was not coaching for some time before joining Pirates, which for me I don't think he was the right man for the job."

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Vilakazi says if chairman Irvin Khoza were to change things in the technical team again, he should consider following a new trend of giving young coaches an opportunity the way AmaZulu and European teams are doing.

"Pirates need someone who understands the culture," he insists. "Fadlu Davids has done well but I think he needs a strong coach [above him] who understands local football.

"I think Benni McCarthy can be a good coach for Pirates. If he doesn't go to Chiefs, they must take him, give him a chance and trust him.

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"These things happen in Europe. He has played in big leagues and understands South African football. It's about time we give our former players big jobs."

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