Njenje won't apply for job
ORLANDO Pirates caretaker coach Augusto Palacios will not apply to stay permanently with the club even if he wins the Premiership this season.
The Peruvian, who was handed the hot seat at the Buccaneers when Julio Leal was first suspended and then resigned, is keen to coach Pirates long term, but not if he has to put in an application.
"I've never had to apply for a job all my life. Firstly, I am not a coach who likes to apply and if people know me, I will work for them. And if the chairman wants me to continue, he will just ask," said Palacios.
"At the moment I am working game by game."
Palacios is now in his third spell as a Pirates coach - his first time as a stopgap mentor coming in 2001 - but has never been offered the job for more than a season in the PSL era.
Following stints with Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana, jobs he was recruited for rather than applying, Palacios's priority has been the Buccaneers' development team.
With Pirates now already looking ahead to next season by coming up with a shortlist that could include some surprising names, Palacios could be considered.
His record since taking over from Leal has seen Pirates remaining in the tile challenge to defend a trophy they won last season. And they are currently top of the log. " My main aim now is to finish the league and hopefully defend our title," said Palacios.
The Buccaneers returned to the summit of the PSL log after their goalless draw against Moroka Swallows on Wednesday night and will be hoping to secure top spot when they host Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium tomorrow night (8.15 kickoff).
Elsewhere tomorrow, Jomo Cosmos visit Lamontville Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium, while SuperSport United welcome Ajax to Peter Mokaba Stadium (8.15pm), Maritzburg United engage Mamelodi Sundowns at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (6pm) and Platinum Stars host Free State Stars at Royal Bafokeng Stadium (3pm).