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Milutin Sredojevic thrilled with 50th match in charge of Orlando Pirates

11:12 AM WAT 13/11/2018
Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates
The 49-year-old tactician is eager to take the Buccaneers to greater heights following his 50th match in charge of the side

Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic is honoured to have been in charge of his 50th match at the club.

The Serbian took charge of his 50th match as Bucs head coach as the team played to a goalless draw with Mamelodi Sundowns in a PSL clash in Tshwane over the weekend.

“It is a great honour for me to reach this milestone at such an important club like Orlando Pirates. We have both come a long way from when we first began this journey together 12 years ago,” Sredojevic told the club’s website.

Micho, who rejoined the club prior to the start of the 2017/18 campaign, is in his second stint as Pirates head coach having led the Soweto giants between 2006 and 2007

“The responsibility to coach this team is a big one because the expectation of the supporters is also very big. To be here for 50 games makes me extremely proud that, together with my technical team, the players and management, we are working towards the overall big picture of taking this club to the next level," he continued.

The Buccaneers had a slow start to the current campaign, but Micho has since found the winning formula and steered the team to the top of the PSL standings.

“When we began at the start of last season, we were driven by the desire to restore pride to the badge and also to heal the souls of our supporters after a very difficult and unusual season. We assembled a new technical team and made some changes to the playing personnel and we finished the league in a strong position of second place," he added.

“Now, we face a new challenge of maintaining the strength of the team and building on from that so that we can continue to bring happiness to the supporters. We are in a strong position currently, but we are not getting too far ahead of ourselves. We need to keep working hard, keep learning and remain humble and focused, taking each moment and each game as it comes," he concluded. 

Sredojevic, who has a winning percentage of 50%, overtook Brazilian coach Julio Leal and Serbian trainer Vladimir Vermezovic, who were at the helm for 31 and 42 matches respectively, according to the Bucs official website.

The site also revealed that Dutch tactician Krol was in charge of a total of 108 matches (win percentage of 51%), while South African coach Eric Tinkler sits in second with 75 matches (48%) and third is local trainer Roger de Sa, who was the main man in charge for 65 matches (48%).

Pirates coaches with best win percentages (over 50 matches) are: 

Ruud Krol - 51% (60 wins / 21 defeats / 37 draws)

Micho Sredojevic - 50% (25 wins / 10 defeats/ 15 draws)

Roger de Sa 48% (31 wins / 14 defeats / 20 draws)

Eric Tinkler 48% (36 wins / 20 defeats / 19 draws)