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Zinnbauer: Not Here To Make A Little Holiday

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer says he’s not come to South Africa to “make a little holiday”, but to win trophies.

The German was appointed in the hot seat early last month and has already been in charge of three Absa Premiership matches, winning two and drawing one as he finds his feet in the Premier Soccer League – his first job in Africa.

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Zinnbauer has previously coached Hamburger in the German Bundesliga and FC St Gallen in the Swiss Super League.

“I am hungry for titles, I am a coach. I am not here to make a little holiday,” he said, arguing that the criticism that he’s never won any silverware prior to accepting the Pirates job was far from the actual truth.

“I work hard for this and that’s not so that I didn’t win a title. It’s not in the Bundesliga, but in my other clubs I won the championship, not just one time. I have won a lot of titles in my life, in my career. I coached one of the most difficult clubs in Switzerland – the oldest club in Europe. But most of the guys don’t know this. It’s the same with Hamburger.”

Zinnbauer did, however, say he agrees that he will be judged based on his previous and current achievements, especially at a big club like Pirates.  

“I played with Jurgen Klopp at Mainz and I never gave him a chance, but now he is one of the best coaches in the world. But in football it is about results, you win a title you are a good coach and if you don’t, then you are not a bad coach. It’s not about my coaching, my sessions, my team talks. You can look at that and say ‘wow, good coach’, but if I have no (positive) results then I am a bad coach – that’s football,” he explained.

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