The employment relationship between Serbian born coach Vladimir Vermozovic and his paymasters (now former employers) KaizerChiefs has come to an end following a meeting held on Thursday morning to discuss the embattled coach's future at the club.
VV's departure from Amakhosi at the end of the season was no longer a closely guarded secret as his much reported fall-out with senior players like Jimmy Tau and Chiefs legend Tinashe Nengomasha had become the subject of sports pages gossip week in and week-out.
What could be surprising in the temination of this relationship is probably the timing and the manner the contract was terminated....just seven games before end of the season,with the club still in with a chance of winning the league and Nedbank Cup.
Following a meeting which was reportedly attended by Amakhosi Footbal Manager Bobby Motaung, a Board member, Chairman Kaizer Motaung senior,VV and VV's agent, news emerged that VV was no longer Kaizer Chiefs coach and will not even be on the bench on Saturday in the Nedbank quarter-final tie against Free State Stars.
Chiefs have announced on their website that both parties have agreed to part ways with the usual "best wishes for the future endeavors" gesture being extended to the coach .
Interesting reasons were given for the agreement to part ways. According to the Club Statement on the Kaizer Chiefs website, "...it was agreed to part ways with immediate effect in order to allow both parties to prepare for the next season in good time."
"The club thanks the coach for his services during his tenure at Kaizer Chiefs for the last three seasons and wishes him all the best for his future endeavours.
"For the remainder of the 2011/2012 Season, Ace Khuse will be in charge of the Team, assisted by Doctor Khumalo and Arthur Zwane and the rest of the Technical Team," read part of the statement.
Probably the reasons for the termination of the coach's contract could be numerous. Firstly,it could be that VV was not happy with persistent news that the club was engaging other coaches during his tenure of office, something which in our view he should have expected given his well documented challenges with senior players.
Secondly, it could be that the coach was told in no uncertain terms that because he had lost control of the dressing room, his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season. if thats the case, the emotional VV must have just decided to call it quits than preside over a dressing room that will know that he will not be part of the team next season anyway.
Which ever way, what has happened to VV at Chiefs is very unfortunate.
If indeed the rumours that certain senior players were influencing junior ones against the coach are true, then there is a big problem with a situation where players are allowed to wield such power at a club.
Unchecked player power, Chiefs will realise sooner rather than later, is a situation that is unsustainable.