But the likes of Schalkwyk, Mashego, Mark Mayambela and other talented players must know Krol is the man in charge and he is managing one of the biggest squads in the Premiership.
His primary task is to get results, and he is going to pick players he can trust to do the job he asks of them.
It makes a difference to any team when, behind the scenes, the club boss is putting his weight behind the cause, but there are other factors too, and one of them is continuity in the coaching staff.
In Pirates’ modern-era history, Krol has stayed longer than any other, including Kosta Papic.
Krol has his critics, but a quick summary of what fans moan about most is that he takes too long to make substitutions and leaves fan favourites on the bench. If the continued selection of Thulasizwe Mbuyane irritated fans who prefer to see Gert Schalkwyk or Katlego Mashego in that role, what do they say after his goals sunk Sundowns?