After a disastrous 2021/21 Dstv Premiership season in which they could only finish in sixth place, the club's upper management seems to have listened to the screams of the fans and implemented widespread changes in the coaching and playing departments.
Sjoerd Woudenberg, the goalkeeper coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, stated this afternoon that he has opted to quit the team after a year for personal reasons.
Since his arrival from Cape Town City FC last year, he had been filling that role, but it appears that he and the club may be going in opposite paths.
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In a brief statement sent to his official Twitter account, Woudenberg thanked the club for the chance and expressed his hope for the organization's continued success.
"With regret, I must announce that my time with Orlando Pirates FC has come to an end. As I prepare to leave the club, I'd like to express my gratitude to everyone there and my best wishes for the club's continued success "To put it another way, he made a statement.
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After the departures of assistant coach Fadlu Davids and performance analyst Darian Wilken, the Dutchman has decided to leave his position.
It is believed that the latter sought to be released so he could become a professional coach, while the former was let go when his contract was not renewed.
Woudenberg in the center of the action at kickoff
Pirates fans spoke up after Woudenberg's departure.
Some have questioned the club's choice to let go of such a seasoned goalkeeper coach, while others are advocating for the recruitment of a local goalkeeper coach, with veteran goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands being cited as a possible candidate.
Mandla Ncikazi was not let go with Davids, but there is speculation that former striker Benni McCarthy, who is currently without a team, may take over as manager of Mayfair with Ncikazi serving as an assistant.
Future plans for Woudenberg in the country are up in the air, but with his impressive resume and plenty of potential employers, he should have no trouble finding a job if he so desired.
Is there anyone you think could take Woudenberg's place?
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