Micho Returns: How Does He Compare To Komphela, Hunt & Pitso?
Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic's win ratio compared to other PSL coaches
Following Kjell Jonevret’s resignation from his role as Orlando Pirates’ head coach, we take a look at the man who is taking over the job, Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic.
The man, who resigned from his role as Uganda’s head coach at the end of July, spent seven months in charge of the Buccaneers between July 2006 and January 2007 as a relative rookie at the age of 37, with no experience in South African football. He now returns with a vastly improved reputation. His role in helping Uganda qualify for this year’s African Cup of Nations in Gabon ended almost 40 years of disappointment and earned Micho a glorified status in the country.
Looking back to his 12 league games in charge of the Buccaneers, the Serbian won just three of those games, which is a win ratio of just 25%, which will not excite fans of the club who remember that testing spell. However, he won 15 of his 29 games in charge of the Cranes, a win ratio of 51.7%, which indicates how much he’s grown as a manager in the last 11 years.
A club of Pirates’ stature, on the other hand, will be comparing him to other coaches in the PSL’s top teams, including Mamelodi Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane, Bidvest Wits’ Gavin Hunt and Kaizer Chiefs’ Steve Komphela. The question, therefore, is how he compares to the PSL’s experienced campaigners.
Pitso Mosimane – 82 wins out of 139 league games - win ratio of 59%
Gavin Hunt 66 wins out of 120 games - win ratio 55%
Steve Komphela’s - 24 wins out of 60 league games - win ratio of 40%
Micho would have to live up to very high expectations after taking over the role at Pirates, but can take comfort in the fact that his win ratio with Uganda shows that he has what it takes to bring a struggling team back to life and that he is no stranger to success, which is exactly what Pirates need, having last won silverware back in 2014.