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THE BREAKDOWN: Why Jonevret Deserves To Stay At Pirates

Does Kjell Jonevret Deserve To Keep His Job?

By Kyle Smith - Jul 02, 2017 10:03 AM @KyleLaduma

After Orlando Pirates finished outside of the top eight for the first time in the PSL era and failed to win any trophies in the 2016/17 season, we take a look at the argument for allowing Kjell Jonevret to stay on as coach.

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Jonevret took over as the Buccaneers coach on 20 February 2017, which shocked the local footballing fraternity, considering his lack of experience in the PSL. He was the third man to occupy the role in the 2016/17 season, following Muhsin Ertugral’s resignation and an extended period with Augusto Palacios taking over as interim coach

Was it his fault?

The first thing to consider is that, when Jonevret took over the reins at the Buccaneers, the team was in 10th place and just seven points clear of bottom-placed Baroka FC at the time. Pirates had already been knocked out of the MTN8 and the Telkom Knockout and lost by 6-1 and 6-0 margins against SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns, respectively. Furthermore, there was an incident of fan violence in the Sundowns loss, in a moment of frustration for the supporters who had seemed to reach the end of their tether.

Jonevret took charge after the pulsating 2-2 draw against Cape Town City, following that result up with three more stalemates against Polokwane City, Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United, who all finished in the top eight by the end of the season. Over the course of the next 18 matches, he recorded six victories in all competitions, conceding 12 goals in 12 games in the league, as opposed to the 28 conceded in 18 before his arrival. In addition, his team scored 11 goals, as opposed to the 18 scored before his arrival. The rate of scoring had dropped, but Tendai Ndoro only found the net once from a penalty in his tenure, as opposed to the 11 scored beforehand and he had to deal with the team’s dependence on the Zimbabwean after he scored 61% of their goals in the games under Palacios and Ertugral.

In addition, the Swede led the club to the final of the only cup competition that he oversaw, the Nedbank Cup (albeit that he lost 4-1 in a demoralising loss against SuperSport). In effect, Jonevret inherited a team that was already in trouble, winning 1.08 points per game in the league, as opposed to the 1.1 per game average prior to his arrival, which is not a bad record considering that he was working with a group of players of which none were signed by him and that he had never coached in South Africa’s top flight. Therefore, it would be bold to put the blame for Pirates’ unsuccessful season squarely on his shoulders.

Adjustment period over

Jonevret is a rookie in the league and is not blessed with decades of experience in Mzansi, as is the case with the likes of Steve Komphela, Pitso Mosimane and Gavin Hunt. However, with roughly four months of experience in the local game and environment in South Africa, he now has a base to work off and can conduct a well-planned preseason program, while being given an opportunity to make changes to the squad available to him, allowing him to work with players that he has personally identified as suitable to fill the various voids that exist within the first team.

Transfer window

As already discussed, when Jonevret had taken over, the January transfer window had already closed as well as the July/August window in 2016 under Augusto Palacios’ and Muhsin Ertugral’s oversight. This meant that Jonevret was made to work with the tools that he had been given, rather than those that he requested and his tactical approach couldn’t be implemented as effectively. With the transfer window now open, he can now sign the players that would fit perfectly into his game plan and his team will take shape according to his ideas, rather than his plan being shaped by the players available to him.

European flavour

This argument has two sides and Jonevret’s European culture as a coach can be considered as a good thing or as a drawback. Coaches such as Stuart Baxter, Ted Dumitru, Muhsin Ertugral and Luc Eymael have successfully integrated European-style structures into their teams. However, there is a balance that needs to be achieved, with fans and players alike preferring a less-structured approach that makes room for creative freedom through which players can express themselves in a truly South African style. Pirates need to make their minds up about whether they think Jonevret can achieve that balance.

Stability

Parting ways with Jonevret would mean that Pirates would have to find another suitable candidate in a short space of time, which could leave the head coach’s role vacant for a critical point, which is the preseason and the transfer window. Not to mention, it would create a high level of uncertainty in the dressing room, considering that the would-be new coach would be the fourth man in charge of the club within the space of a year.

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Therefore, it seems apparent that Jonevret is not to blame for Pirates’ struggles in the season of their 80th anniversary and that the qualities that Dr Irvin Khoza saw in him, inspiring him to approach the Swede, are still yet to be seen. The 2017/18 season grants Jonevret the opportunity to start afresh, however, and handing his marching order could have dire consequences for the team that will need to prove that they should still be considered amongst the giants of South Africa’s football clubs.

 

Do you think Jonevret should remain at Orlando Pirates and why? Have your say in the comments section below.


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sibumcfulela@gmail.com Joined: 10 Jul 2016
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sibumcfulela@gmail.com Jul 03, 2017 03:00 PM
Mayb he should b given ada other chance
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black-bakaniya Jul 03, 2017 12:40 PM
If he comes back with Matlaba, Makola, Jele, gcaba, isaa , nyawuza, gabuza, phungwayo, nkosi he will take us straight to mvela
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OnceandAlways Joined: 31 Jul 2011
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OnceandAlways Jul 03, 2017 10:30 AM
There is no doubt that Jonevret needs to stay longer at Pirates. I just think that the Pirates management need to surround Jonevret with a stronger technical team. Let's get Dan Malesela to be Jonevret's assistant and get rid of the two useless assistant coaches Pirates has appointed. We need someone who knows the players at Pirates and who can help the coach make the right sort of tactical decisions based on which club we are playing. I did not watch the SSU match but I can almost guarantee that SSU exploited the spaces left by our fullbacks to get the goals they got. We make the same elementary mistakes when playing SSU and that why they have managed to beat us so many times. Another thing that concerns me is the short time that the coach has spent with the team, he has not seen what the other players can do for him. I'm specifically referring to the likes of Skhakhane, Chabalala, Makudubela, Morrison, Norodien, Memela, Qalinge, Nkosi and Kutumela (all of whom I rate very highly) He will could be tempted to go and look into the transfer market not fully aware of the talent at his disposal. Truth be told we have been horrific in defense, that in my opinion is an area we need to re-enforce but not with a lot of personnel. One quality signing in defence should do the trick. Recall Justice Chabalala and pair him up with someone like Rivaldo Coetzee or Mobara. Release Phungwayo and use Van Heerden in that left back position. Matlaba and Skhakhane can battle it out for the right back position. Acquire a solid defensive midfilder (maybe Andile Jali) and the rest should fall into place
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cynic64 Jul 03, 2017 08:58 AM
He should be given a chnc,Pirates management should let Jenevret select players dat he need in order 4 him 2 win trophies
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tsheposamuel49@gmail.com Jul 02, 2017 11:18 PM
I think the best way is to give him second chance lyk motaung did to steve khompela
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Motsoening Jul 02, 2017 09:45 PM
I think we need to give him more chance like Patrice Motsepe did to Pitso Mosimane and Steve Khompela at chiefs.Four(4 )monthsnot enough for us to pass the judgement already.I have confidance in him.
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Maserati112 Jul 02, 2017 08:21 PM
I wonder if gcaba read SL bcos evry bucs fan who want the team 2b reshufled thy start wth his name..how COW is ths guy,he remind me of aaron 'NKOMO' mokoena..nxaa
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nhlaks tsh Jul 02, 2017 08:00 PM
Local is lekker. This coach is a failure & a disaster. As long as he fields Issa Sarr, Mobara at centreback. Matlaba at rightback instead of left back, we are going to NFD. This guy is not a coach but an executive in some company. Let him go back home
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nhlaks tsh Jul 02, 2017 07:52 PM
This coach is a second grade or a reject in Sweden. Why must a big club like OPFC settle for second grades or unknowns.I havent seen any changes. Truly speaking he should have qualified for Top 8. He never tried other players Like Nkosi, Norodien, Kutumela, Morrison, Okwauso & Memela. So he needs to go
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seola babcock afrika Jul 02, 2017 06:16 PM
Better employ Shakes Mashaba, kjell is a clueless coach. He guaranteed Makola,manyisa & phungwayo starting x1 even they underperforming
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Sthenjwa Jul 02, 2017 04:01 PM
It doesn't matter when he started bt the truth is a coach with credentials could give u a clear assurance abt the destination of the team he coaches, in his first 6 games he would show what he's made of. The truth is Pirates is too big for Kjell to handle, he has lost the dressing room already.So editor don't try to be clever, b4 Ndoros interview you have had different story abt Kjell, now u contradict yourself bcos Ndoro enlighted the issues.KJELL MUST GO.He has failed to show up.Finish n Klaar.
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Raseala Joined: 05 Jun 2017
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Raseala Jul 02, 2017 03:36 PM
As a die hard pirates member I ague to give the coach a chance to prove him slf
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Maserati112 Joined: 25 May 2017
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Maserati112 Jul 02, 2017 03:18 PM
@slivo ledimo..4me i dnt knw hw to blame mr unleaded frm shell bcos if we stil gona continue wth ths donkeyss nxt season we myt as well save our tears 4nxt season..
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Golden Sword Joined: 21 Dec 2016
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Golden Sword Jul 02, 2017 03:12 PM
Its either him or the cows Pirates is harbouring
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Joined: 09 Feb 2017
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 02, 2017 02:58 PM
It was sad for me to read Ndoro's interview.
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Temzoza Joined: 24 Aug 2014
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Temzoza Jul 02, 2017 02:56 PM
The main problem lies at the players
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Temzoza Joined: 24 Aug 2014
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Temzoza Jul 02, 2017 02:55 PM
Well i just want to see a much better pirates thats all
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Joined: 09 Feb 2017
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LeCowHloHlo vs mix vongani Jul 02, 2017 02:52 PM
I hate that he confuse players for playing them out of their favourate positions.
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SHAUN_LUCM Joined: 25 Sep 2012
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SHAUN_LUCM Jul 02, 2017 02:40 PM
He should go home
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slivo ledimo Joined: 11 Sep 2016
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slivo ledimo Jul 02, 2017 02:27 PM
we hv daniels.sikhakhane.lorch.chaba lala frm loan.norodien.mutupa.shitolo.k utumela. majafa.munetsi frm loan..we only need to buy jali.coertzee.mahachi.Rusike.t hen take mubara.mhlongo nd Rakgale. ndoro.matlaba.then release da rest

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