- German football manager Ernst Middendorp has been giving the boot by Kaizer Chiefs
- Kaizer Chiefs' decision to let Middendorp go comes soon after the team suffered a defeat against Sundowns
- Middendorp served as the team's coach for two years after joining in 2018
Ernst Middendorp has been shown the door by Kaizer Chiefs Club Chair Kaizer Motaung and his fellow management team. Their decision to let him go comes only days after the team was defeated by Sundowns in the ABSA Premiership Championship match.
“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 in an official statement.
Middendorp joined the team in 2018 and has led them to the ninth position in the premiership. A few months later, he also got the team to the Nedbank Cup, which subsequently ended in an embarrassing 1-0 defeat by TS Galaxy.
Soccer fans took to Twitter to share their views and opinions on this latest development. View some of them below.
"Guys Ernst Middendorp couldn't play Barcelona football with the quality of players he had. Katsande can't even pass properly. He had to adapt his play to the strength of the players. Yes he played bad football, but his bad football almost got KC the league. Unfair dismissal."
"Losing a job is not nice, in this fashion is even worse. I feel sorry for coach Ernst Middendorp. Whoever takes over will feel the heat. Farewell old man."
Meanwhile, the search for a new coach is on. While no names have been mentioned yet, Motaung did say that the chosen one will be announced soon.
“We will announce the new coach before the team returns for pre-season training,” he said
Briefly.co.za also previously reported, Kaizer Chiefs supporters were left with little to celebrate on Saturday after the team failed to secure the ABSA Premiership Championship. The team had been showing immense promise but fumbled against Baroka with the Mamelodi Sundowns emerging as champions instead.
Fans took to social media to lament the loss, which has not gone down well with Mzansi, especially after #PrayforKaizerChiefs trended earlier in the day. From people feeling embarrassed to bitter disappointment, the face-off has ended in tears for the immensely popular team.
One disappointed fan @PulengCf wrote:
"When judgment day comes, I'm gonna wear my Kaizer Chiefs shirt just so God knows I've been through a lot."
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