Orlando Pirates have appointed former Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic as their new head coach on Friday morning on a three-year deal.
The Serbian arrives at Park Town after the departure of Roger de Sa early this month, and he will start working with the club as soon as he gets his work permit. Vladimir Vermezovic comes back to South Africa where he coached Orlando Pirates arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs from 2009-2012 and guided the Glamour Boys to Telkom Knockout Cup glory in two years running.
The 50-year old coach, who last coached Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade from 2012, and guided his home land club to 2012-13 UEFA Europa League group stage, says he has unfinished business in South Africa, and he is grateful to be given a chance to coach a team of Orlando Pirates stature.
“I have unfinished business in South Africa. Orlando Pirates is a giant in African football, and is offering me an opportunity to fulfil a dream of a lifetime. I am grateful for the opportunity,” said Vermezovic.
“I have had a study Orlando Pirates very closely from the other side. I am therefore not coming into unknown environment. It should help me because I know the supporters expect me to hit the deck running,” he added.
Meanwhile, Club Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza, has welcomed Vladimir Vermezovic, saying: “VV is not new to the South African condition. His hunger and discipline is impressive. In football, we are in the business of creating memories, history and leaving behind legacies that inspire generation to come.
The Chairman added, “Coaches have become as much a part of this phenomenon as players. I wish VV a memorable and noteworthy career at Orlando Pirates Football Club.
Eric Tinkler, who stepped in to act as a caretaker coach after Roger de Sa left, will go back to his role as an assistant coach of the club, the Chairman confirmed.