Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret has today resigned after failing to turn fortunes around for the six months he has been managing the South African club.
The club confirmed following a statement that was released on Wednesday afternoon that the Swede has permanently resigned from his job.
Pirates were beaten 4-1 by SuperSport in the final of the Nedbank Cup United and finished 11th in the league, their worst position in 30 years.
Jonevret is expected to be replaced with former Uganda Cranes coach Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich within a few days who terminated his contract over the weekend citing unpaid salary.
However, Micho insists he has not yet signed for a new team, yet revealed he is on his way to his new destination, in favour of club football over country football.
Micho initially joined the Pirates in 2006 in his first spell where he oversaw 23 games before being shown the door.
Pirates released a statement, which reads:
‘‘Orlando Pirates Football Club Head Coach, Kjell Jonevret, has tendered his resignation.
Mr Jonevret has thanked the Chairman of Orlando Pirates, Dr Irvin Khoza, the Club and its supporters for giving him an opportunity to coach the Club.
Mr Jonevret said: “I would like to thank the Club for the opportunity. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as planned. I wish the Club and its supporters all the best for the future.”
In accepting Kjell Jonevret’s resignation, Dr Khoza expressed his understanding of the enormity of expectation; the Head Coach of a big Club like Orlando Pirates is put under from day one.
Dr Khoza said: “I wish Kjell Jonevret well in his future endeavours.”