I am not like VV and Ertugral, says new Orlando Pirates coach Jonevret

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The Buccaneers unveiled Jonevret as their new head coach on Monday, the 54-year-old mentor intends to stay at the club for the next three years

Newly-appointed Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret is eager to see out his contract with the club having signed a three-year deal with the Soweto giants.

He admits that only positive results will see him stay longer at Pirates, but he doesn't see himself following in the footsteps of both Vladimir Vermezovic and Muhsin Ertugral who resigned shortly after joining the club. 

“I am not here to work for a short time,” Jonevret told the media.

“I want to be here for a long time. The chairman talked about marriage earlier, I hope that I am the beautiful bride, so that I stay here for a long time,” Jonevret added.

The 54-year-old coach won titles in Sweden and Norway with Molde and Vikings respectively over a decade ago, but he understands the importance of working with his technical team. 

Jonevret will be assisted by Harold Legodi and Benson Mhlongo after the club allowed Bradley Carnell to further his coaching career abroad. 

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“If you want to build a team, you can’t change the coaching staff every year,” Jonevret said.

“It’s the same in any job. It would be difficult to do your job if they constantly changed bosses and you have to work differently. It’s going to be tricky at first, but after we have worked together for some time, the players will be confident. It’s difficult to start all over often. There are coaches who like to be there for a short time, I am not one of them,” Jonevret continued.

“In my last two clubs (Molde and Vikings) I was there for four-and-a-half to five years at each club. It’s much easier to do that if the club allows you to work, but you must bring results, especially at a club like Pirates. I understand that. You can work for a long time in a club that believes in you,” Jonevret concluded.

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