There is a sense that the top levels of administration at Orlando Pirates have heeded the cries of the supporters to make general changes in both the coaching and playing departments following a terrible 2021/21 Dstv Premiership campaign in which they could only finish in sixth place.
PHOTO: KickOff - Pirates chairman Dr. Irvin Khoza.
Pirates goalkeeper coach, Sjoerd Woudenberg confirmed this afternoon that he has cut his 1-year stay at the club after he decided to leave on mutual agreement.
He had assumed the role following his arrival from Cape Town City FC last year, and it seems both parties are set to take different directions.
In their short statement on his official Twitter account, Woudenberg expressed his sincerest gratitude to the club for proffering him the opportunity, wishing the brightest of future for the club.
"Unfortunately my journey with Orlando Pirates FC has come to an end. I want to thank everyone at the club and I wish the club all the best for the future," he said.
The Dutchman's resignation comes after those of former assistant coach Fadlu Davids and performance analyst Darian Wilken.
The former was let go when his contract was not renewed, and the latter is believed to have asked to be allowed to leave so that he could pursue a career as a professional coach.
PHOTO: KickOff - Woudenberg in the Middle
In response to Woudenberg's departure, Pirates supporters expressed their opinions.
While some questioned the club's decision to part ways with such an experienced goalkeeper coach, others are leaning toward the appointment of a local goalkeeper coach for the position, with veteran goalie Wayne Sandilands being mentioned as a potential candidate.
Although Mandla Ncikazi was not fired along with Davids, there have been rumors that former striker Benni McCarthy, who is presently without a team, could be the person to take over at Mayfair with Ncikazi as his potential assistant.
Woudenberg's future in the country is unclear, but given his level of experience and the number of possible suitors he has attracted, there is no doubt that he would find work.
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