Pala­cios con­firmed as Pi­rates in­terim coach

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FOL­LOW­ING the shock res­ig­na­tion of Or­lando Pi­rates head coach Muhsin Er­tu­gral af­ter his team was hu­mil­i­ated 1-6 by Su­per­Sport United in an Absa PSL fix­ture on Tues­day night, the club has con­firmed that Au­gusto Pala­cios will take over as in­terim coach.

The club re­leased the news in a state­ment on Twit­ter.

Pala­cios, who cur­rently heads de­vel­op­ment at the club, is no stranger to coach­ing Pi­rates. He last coached the team in 2012 in a sim­i­lar role.He also had a stint with the club in 1996 and coached the South African na­tional team from 1992-1994.

Er­tu­gral of­fered to re­sign on live tele­vi­sion af­ter the Su­per­Sport United ham­mer­ing. The re­sult is the joint worst in the club’s his­tory fol­low­ing Mamelodi Sun­downs’ vic­tory over the Buc­ca­neers in a BP Top 8 en­counter in 1990.

Pi­rates started the stronger of the two sides with a flurry of chances only for poor fin­ish­ing and Su­per­Sport keeper Ron­wen Wil­liams stop­ping the Sea Rob­bers from tak­ing the lead.

How­ever, it was Tendai Ndoro, who opened the scor­ing and gave the Soweto giants a first half lead over Stu­art Bax­ter’s charges.

The sec­ond stanza could not have be­gun any bet­ter for United with Pi­rates’ de­fence fall­ing asleep which led to an early goal by man-of-the-match Reneilwe Let­sholonyane and a brace from Michael Box­all.

Su­per­Sport deep­ened Pi­rates wounds with Bradley Grob­ler, Thuso Phala and Jeremy Brockie adding their names to the dev­as­tat­ing score sheet.

Er­tu­gral was vis­i­bly up­set and, dur­ing his post­match in­ter­view with Su­per­Sport, con­firmed that he will hand in his res­ig­na­tion to club chair­per­son Irvin Khoza.

“I have no thoughts, af­ter a re­sult like that I am ashamed of the sit­u­a­tion. For this badge, for this great club, I don’t have any words. I have never seen a dis­as­trous 45 min­utes like that since I have coached.

“I can only speak to my chair­man tomorrow and put my res­ig­na­tion in be­cause at the end of the day we are re­spon­si­ble for what has hap­pened on the field. We don’t de­serve to have that jer­sey of Or­lando Pi­rates.” —

Au­gusto Pala­cios

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