Pirates fans' priorities questioned


Former Orlando Pirates winger Tyren Arendse believes Josef Zinnbauer was a success this past season in a coaching job complicated by the nature of the club's demands.

Pirates ended a six year wait for silverware by lifting the MTN8 under Zinnbauer and then finished third in the league, after reaching the quarterfinals of both the CAF Confederations Cup and Nedbank Cup.

However, there remains no guarantee that the German will still be in charge next season, with some Buccaneers supporters having also threatened a march to call for his head.

"If he is being judged based on results then he has a pass mark of 70% because he came out with a trophy," argues Arendse talking to KickOff.com.

Arendse spent two years at Pirates between 2004-06 scoring 16 goals in 32 starts during Kosta Papic’s time, but left without winning any silverware despite the celebrated football played by that team.

"You remember when I was there, we never won anything for two seasons but people enjoyed the way we played, which is why ‘The Happy People’ thing started," he continues.

"Two years in a row we were second [on the log], but people were not complaining because of the style of play. I think it looks like style of play is more important than winning trophies at Pirates.

"If you play beautiful football and not win anything, they will be happy because that is what happened with Papic. The problem with supporters is that sometimes they just don’t know what they want.

"With us, they were happy with the style of play but all these years later I have nothing to show my kids for my time at Pirates, besides talk that we made the people happy.

"At [Mamelodi] Sundowns and Santos, I got medals but at Pirates I got nothing. Priorities are different to different people, but in professional sport the benchmark should be winning because there is no trophy for possession or nice football.

"Nowadays coaches are rated on what they won and not style of play. Only Sundowns has gotten the right combination now, playing good football and winning trophies, but it took patience to get there.

"Is style of play more important than winning trophies? Okay, the style of play was not what Pirates expect all the time, but in terms of results there was an improvement because the team won a cup.

"That trophy counts a lot because it will be recorded under the club’s honours not the style of play."

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