Is Riveiro a palooka, ‘plumber’, charlatan or Mourinho?

Orlando Pirates new coach Jose Riveiro
Orlando Pirates new coach Jose Riveiro

IS Jose Riveiro the real deal or a palooka of the highest degree?

Is he one of those fishermen who have graced our football or here to fail?

Maybe he is a Jose Mourinho of sorts in the making, who knows?

These are some of the questions that cross the minds of many Orlando Pirates fans who have been pained by their favourite club’s announcement of the Spanish coach as their new mentor.

This “Johnny Come to Joburg” treks to South Africa without any telling record, and he will be leading one of the monster clubs in the South African football history.

Will he cope?

We’re all asking ourselves questions without getting any answers. What could have convinced Pirates chairman, Irvin Khoza, to offer a lucrative deal and an important position to this charlatan?

But Khoza is famous for not missing the target. But this time he might have hit his flaws and Pirates fans agree this is one case in point.

The last time Pirates won the league was back in the 2011-12 PSL season when they won the championship, forget about the damn Carling Black Label Cup.

Not even palookas like Kjell Jonevret and Josef Zinnbauer, introduced to South African football by Pirates, have changed the complexion of the club for over a decade today.

It boggles the mind what would have led to Khoza’s thinking to make such a questionable decision – when Benni McCarthy, Dan Malesela and Gavin Hunt are readily available.

“Riveiro’s last stint as a coach was at FC Inter Turku where he led the Black and Blues from 2019 to 2021,” said the last statement on the club’s website, as they tried to sell him to their bemused fans.

The only notable face now in Pirates’ technical bench for the 2022-23 season would be second assistant, Mandla Ncikazi who led the club to the Caf Champions League final, someone who deserved a chance.

And Ncikazi will play second fiddle to another “plumber” in Sergio Almenara, first assistant.

Some Miguel Bellver Esteve is now their Fitness Trainer and Tyron Damons as goalkeeper coach, instead of Wayne Sandilands.

“We are going to work to make history together and build a team that we are all proud of,” promised Riveiro to irate Pirates fans.

  • Interact with Mathews Mpete on Twitter via @Mathews_mpete
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