Vlad on market, Leal on case
WHILE Vladimir Vermezovic is tying up the loose ends, like cancelling his apartment hire and closing his bank accounts and planning to return to Serbia next week for a holiday, Julio Cesar Leal remains in town. The Brazilian is seeking the resolution of his long-standing dispute with Moroka Swallows.
The two men have been axed from the biggest jobs in South African football in recent weeks but are not yet making any moves to leave these shores.
Leal, fired by Pirates last month, has been at loggerheads with Swallows since they fired him in mid-2009 after he won the Nedbank Cup. The two parties failed to agree terms of his early contract termination and Leal's case is now on review by the High Court after persistent appeals of previous decisions taken by various judicial reviews.
Leal has reportedly spent around R1m on legal fees in his bid to win a claim of much the same amount of money from Swallows, who booted him 24 months short of his contract.
Swallows offered Leal a settlement of six months, which he refused and the Brazilian coach then took them to the Premier Soccer League football's dispute resolution body. Swallows won the first case but both parties appealed.
The second case was heard by Safa's resolution chamber and won by Swallows. Another appeal followed. An arbitrator was appointed to adjudicate the matter and found in favour of Leal. Swallows have appealed and the findings are now being reviewed by the High Court.
It is expected the review decision will be made known soon, bringing a legal battle of almost three years to a conclusion.
Leal has amicably settled his contract with Pirates, according to his agent and the club.
Vermezovic wants to take a break but is in the market for offers from SA teams next season.