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Goal senior writer Ernest Makhaya caught up with the new Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic who revealed that he understands his responsibilities despite having no mandate

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By Ernest Makhaya
 
Goal: Coach VV, I am sure you have been following South African football before you came in. What do you think of Roger de Sa and Eric Tinkler's reigns?
 
VV: For sure, I know that the team did well last year. They reached three finals and that was very good for the players and the whole team.
 
Goal: And are you looking to bring in major changes to the team, or will it be a matter of continuing from where the two coaches left?
 
VV: Step by step. I can't make radical changes, because this is not the right time with games every three days. I can't change now, but from June it will be different.
 
Goal: You have earlier indicated that your players played a lot matches last year due to the team's involvement in the Caf Champions League. Do you think they are at the level to compete for honours this season?
 
VV: They have played so many games. They are tired for sure, sometimes they are not tired from running, but psychologically, and that is our problem now going into the end of the season.
 
Goal: Coach you are still searching for your first PSL title. Did the Pirates management say anything about it or any mandate for this season and next?
 
VV: No. No mandate. I know Orlando Pirates is a big club. We know our goals and everyone at the club expects trophies and I will try to get a few.
 
Goal: Do you think Pirates will be more diffcult to coach than Chiefs?
 
VV: I don't know. They are both big clubs with good players, but we'll see.
 
Goal: Was it difficult for you to accept the Pirates offer having coached Chiefs two seasons ago, and also knowing the history between the two Soweto giants?
 
VV: Not at all. My job is to coach and if a certain team believes in me then it is always easy to make such decisions.
 
Goal: Coach, how far is the progress of South African football compared to that of Serbia?
 
VV: The quality is almost the same. There's no big difference, but maybe the selection is different, because our national team players play for Chelsea, Man City, the Italian league and we can make a good squad, but here it is different, but I think with development Bafana can do well.

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