Soweto, South Africa | AFP | Serb Milutin Sredojevic is expected to succeed Swede Kjell Jonevret, who quit Wednesday, as coach of troubled South African club Orlando Pirates.
Jonevret won only six of 18 matches in charge and his fate was effectively sealed during June when Pirates were thrashed 4-1 by SuperSport United in the South African FA Cup final.
“He was a good coach, but lacked the man-management skills to deal with a lot of prima donnas in the changeroom,” a club insider told AFP.
Pirates, the first South African club to be crowned African champions, have failed to lift a trophy in the past two domestic seasons.
Sredojevic arrived in Johannesburg this week and although non-committal, confirmation is expected soon of his return to the Soweto club he coached for seven months before leaving early in 2007.
Although he did not win any trophies, the Serb guided the “Buccaneers” to the 2006 CAF Champions League semi-finals, where they lost narrowly to CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.
Sredojevic resigned as Uganda coach last weekend, six months after taking the “Cranes” to their first Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 39 years.
The 47-year-old told reporters in Kampala that he had run out of patience with Uganda football officials, who owe him $64,000 (54,000 euros) in salaries.
Popularly known as “Micho”, the slightly built European began coaching in Africa 16 years ago with Ugandan outfit Villa.
Other clubs he worked with include Saint George of Ethiopia (twice), Pirates, Young Africans of Tanzania and Al Hilal of Sudan.
His national coach stints were with Rwanda and Uganda, where he enjoyed considerable success.
Apart from Cup of Nations qualification, the “Cranes” are challenging Egypt for a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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