Who is Orlando Pirates' new coach Kjell Jonevret?

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Goal looks at the new Bucs gaffer, who has the hopes of one of the biggest clubs in South African football in his hands

New Orlando Pirates head coach Kjell Jonevret comes to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) after four years at Norweigian club, Viking FK.

The 54-year-old Swedish tactician parted aways with Viking at the end of the 2016 Tippeligaen season in November - with the team finishing eighth on the league table.

Although, Jonevret had two years left on his Viking contract, he asked the club to terminate it due to the club's lack of ambition, as the Dark Blues were struggling financially.

The Stockholm-born coach arrives with knowledge of the English language, but he has no prior experience of South African football which is a gamble for Pirates.

Jonevret, who was a striker during his professional football career, turned out for AIK Fotball and IF Brommapojkarna in his home country in the early 80's.

Before going on to win the 1989 Norwegian Cup with Vikings, he also had a stint with Swedish side Vasalunds IF in the early 90's when he approached the end of his playing career.

Jonevret began his coaching career at Vasalunds working as the assistant coach between January 1993 and December 1994.

He returned to Brommapojkarna the following year as the head coach, but he left the club for AIK where he served as the assistant coach during the 1996/1997 campaign

Short stints as head coach at IK Sirius, Vasteras SK and Cafe Opera followed. Jonevret finally got his big break when he joined Djurgardens IF, one of Sweden's top clubs, in 2004.

Under Jonevret's guidance, the club won the Allsvenskan title and Svenska Cupen in 2005 and he was named Swedish Manager of the Year following a successful campaign.

In 2006, he was given the opportunity to coach outside his own country for the first time when he joined Norwegian club Molde FK where he spent four years.

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After finishing second in the Tippeligaen and Norwegian Cup with the team in 2009, the retired striker reunited with his former side Viking the following year.

During his four-year stint with Viking, the team finished fifth thrice, 10th once and lastly eighth. They also narrowly lost in the 2015 Norwegian Cup semi-finals.

Despite Viking's financial difficulties, Jonevret managed to keep the team in the top flight by achieving good results before leaving in November 2016.

What the coach has to say about Pirates

“I like offensive football. But we need to find the Orlando Pirates way. Our own way. We have (Kaizer) Chiefs in a week or so, no time," Jonevret said.

“I will try to be myself as well. I know its different coaching in South Africa, but I am excited to learn a new culture. I have worked with a lot of African players, from Nigeria and other countries," he continued.

“I am going to do what I normally do. I will continue with my philosophy. I have seen them play in the last couple of games."

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