The club has agreed to part with Middendorp with immediate effect after reviews undertaken by Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung.
Kaizer Chiefs said it agreed to part with Coach Ernst Middendorp with immediate effect on Wednesday 9 September. This comes after Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung and the club ‘s management conducted evaluations.
Amakhosi issued a statement stating that it weighed several things before making the decision.
“We deliberated and considered many aspects related to the team, including our way of playing, our performances, and the results before coming to the decision,” said Motaung.
On 7 December 2018 Middendorp joined Kaizer chiefs. The German coach led Amakhosi to ninth place on the Absa Premiership table and reached the Nedbank Cup final in his first six months in charge.
“There have been some changes since giving the coach and the technical staff the resources they needed to succeed in the new season and this has been noticeable during the first seven months of this 2019/2020 season,” he said.
Motaung said things changed when the league resumed post-lockdown, and in its last eight league matches, the team looked like a completely different side.
“We witnessed some heart-stopping performances and we were overtaken on the log in the last game of the season, which truly broke our hearts. We have to take responsibility – we can’t wait and allow this situation to continue,” he added.
Motaung thanked Middendorp for his efforts and work, saying; “We wish him all the best for the future.”
Motaung said Kaizer Chiefs were mindful that it harms supporters. He said the uproar was too loud to ignore.
“It is important for our loyal supporters to know that we feel their pain. We are a listening organization and we respect their right to express their dissatisfaction with the team’s overall performance,” he said.
The squad has been given time off following a grueling season completion and will return to prepare for the 2020/2021 season by the end of September.
“We will announce the new coach before the team returns for pre-season training,” added Motaung.
“Chopping coaches and replacing them is not a solution, Chiefs need a big overhaul. Management needs to go back to the drawing board, execute a long-term strategy, appoint an appropriate manager, sign all the right players for different positions, “a Facebook user said.