Orlando Pirates Football Club is delighted to introduce Kjell Jonevret as the new Head Coach of the club.
Jonevret takes over with immediate effect from Augusto Palacios, who has been interim coach since 2 November 2016.
The 54-year old mentor joins the club with an extensive knowledge and experience in football having been in the industry for over 20 years.
Announcing the appointment, Club Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza said: “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr Jonevret to Orlando Pirates. He brings with him a wealth of experience and professionalism.
“One other aspect which attracted us to Mr Jonevret was his loyalty to the club’s he worked for. In an industry where coaches around the world have become accustomed to moving from one club to another, Jonevret has shown in the previous club’s that he has worked for, that he is someone who wants to be involved in long term projects and not quick fixes.”
“Success is a journey and not a sprint. It is our desire that the club goes back to its former glory and in Jonevret we believe that we have someone who can achieve that.
Meanwhile, Jonevret who has also been part of the Swedish national team as technical advisor said: “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work as Head Coach of Orlando Pirates Football Club. It is my sincere hope and desire that I can repay the faith the Chairman has shown in me.”
Jonevret will be joined on the bench by Benson Mhlongo and Herold Legodi as assistant coaches.
Who is Kjell Jonevret?
Born in Stockholm, Sweden on the 28th June 1962.
Jonevret is a former player who plied his trade in the Swedish premier league in a 13-year career which saw him play for the likes of AIK and Viking FK. Following his retirement from the game in 1992, Jonevret embarked on career in coaching and quickly made his way up the ranks going on to coach the biggest clubs in Sweden – AIK and Djurgardens IF.
During his time at Djurgardens IF, he led the team to league and cup success in 2005 and was later named Coach of the Year.
After spending four seasons with Djurgadens IF, Jonevret moved on across to Norway to coach Molde FK and most recently Viking FK. He was voted Coach of the Year in 2009 for his time at Molde FK.
Jonevret was assistant coach of the Swedish national team in 2011/12 and currently holds a UEFA Pro Licence.