Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer has detailed how he landed up at the club from Switzerland in December as he also explained why he chose to come to the PSL.
Zinnbauer took over the full-time reins from assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena, who had come under pressure over the team’s spate of results.
The German was rather unexpectedly announced just three days following Pirates’ 2-2 draw with Baroka, having worked only in his homeland and Switzerland, with no history in African football.
Previous attempts to gain insight into his appointment proved futile as the club shot questions regarding this down, but he eventually obliged during The Buccaneers’ first media day since his arrival on Monday.
“I got a call, yes. We have phones in Germany, and emails and so on. But no, my phone rang and I said, ‘Hi’ and [the other person said], ‘I am from Pirates’,” explained Zinnbauer.
“It was the normal way. My agent then called me and said, ‘Hey, you can go to South Africa.’ But six weeks before I had other offers from Africa, and I said no, I didn’t like this [offer].
“Pirates is a good club and this was important for me. In the last seven months I had 10 offers or so – from Cyprus, Turkey, many countries. But I waited because I had time, I had a contract in Switzerland, so it was easy for me.
“Then I had a good feeling that this was the one for me, and I felt I could make a good work here.”
The 49-year-old former Hamburg manager further emphasised that he was not after the money, with previous offers having been worth more.
“Maybe for you, when you need money, you follow the money. But I don’t follow the money,” he said.
“I could have gone to another club before to follow the money, but I had time for this. I didn’t spend all my money [from previous jobs]. I’ve had it in my bag.”