Zinnbauer responds to calls for axe


Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer says he understands the volatile nature of football supporters as he responded to those calling for his head.

Pirates may have won a trophy earlier this season but that has not bought Zinnbauer more time as the team continues to struggle to challenge the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns in the league title race.

The Buccaneers are currently in fifth position, having managed only five wins in their 14 games thus far, and supporters have taken to social media to chastise the German.

This weekend's Soweto Derby will presumably weigh heavily on whether those calls echo louder or whether he buys himself more time, but the 50-year-old tactician is not surprised by the abrupt change in supporter sentiments.

"Yeah, it's always up to the guys. One guy would say, 'Hey, good coach. We win a title, after the last six years we didn't and had nothing in our hands,'" defended Zinnbauer.

"And another guys would say, 'We want more, we want more!' I understand the supporters, it's always different – you have green, red and yellow lights, it's always different.

"You know, the problem is always that fans want to see points, and a club like Orlando Pirates needs success, that's always so, but you have to work on it. 

"But the season is long and I understand the fans are upset after a draw or a loss – it's normal, it's an emotion-driven business. But you have different feelings and it's always so.

"We'll work more now, we have problems with strikers but we cannot change the world, we have to work with the other players in the squad, and they have to take their chances now."

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Zinnbauer continued: "But I can do nothing about what the fans are saying, I walk in the street and they say, 'You make a good job', while other fans say, 'Yeah, why are you losing this game or drawing.' That's how it is, around the world in football, it's always changing.

"If you win three games, the world changes. We work on this, the performance is not so bad like the results at the moment, but we're working on it.

"If we win now maybe, then you go into the next game and try what you can to fight for three points, and when you get it then you move onto the next step, and it changes.

"The guys who say now, 'Oh, oh, the coach...' You win three games in a row, then they say, 'He's the best coach'; if you lose three games, 'He's the worst coach.' I know this business.

"But I fight all the time for three points and my players do too, and we are more upset maybe than the fans. Trust me, we are so upset when we don't get three points, but all we can do is work, do our best and the next step is to get three points."


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