Orlando Pirates just need a new coach, says former striker Mkhize

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Phumlani Mkhize says the Buccaneers will continue to struggle for results in the second half of the season if they don't appoint a new coach

Former Orlando Pirates striker Phumlani Mkhize strongly believes that the club should get a new coach before the resumption of the PSL season in February. 

Mkhize, who also played for Kaizer Chiefs during his playing days, feels Pirates have enough quality and depth to beat any team in the league.

However, he feels there's no harmony and fighting spirit within the team, and the only way to fix that is to bring in a new mentor.

Pirates have been linked with Italian mentor Giovanni Solinas, who parted ways with Free State Stars last week.

Solinas was reportedly interviewed for the position at the end of last season, but he lost out to Muhsin Ertugral, who later resigned after being beaten 6-1 by SuperSport United in November 2016.

The Soweto giants replaced Ertugral with Augusto Palacios on an interim basis, and although the Peruvan-born tactician is still in charge of the team, the club continues to search for a permanent coach.   

"I believe the arrival of a new coach will help Pirates. If you look at it, they have a good squad with quality players from defence to the striking department," Mkhize told the Isolezwe newspaper. 

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"They only need a new coach who will change with their mentality and bring back their confidence," he said.

"If the new coach does that then the team will be back to where it belongs because the only thing they are lacking right now is confidence. That will also help bring back the fighting spirit, which is something that is no longer there despite the talent and experience in the team," Mkhize added. 

"I hear some people saying the squad needs an overhaul, but I just think there's no need for that, especially at this time of the season," said the former Bucs and Amakhosi marksman.

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