Chiefs Confirm Changes After ‘Unacceptable’ Season…
With rumours running rife about the inner workings of Kaizer Chiefs over the off-season, the club has confirmed a ‘rebuilding process’ as they announce that changes are being made.
The Glamour Boys had a 2018/19 season to forget as they finished outside the top eight for the first time in over a decade, picking up their worst points return since 1985 and extended their trophyless streak to four years – the longest in the club’s history.
Now, with the club having undergone testing this week to bring the campaign to a close, they have issued a statement of intent as they prepare to try and change things for the 2019/20 season as they prepare to celebrate their 50th birthday.
A statement on the club’s official website spoke of failing to ‘meet the expectations of our supporters’, as well as ‘bolstering the technical team, the playing personnel and strengthening the football department’, though there was no direct mention of head coach, Ernst Middendorp.
The statement in full read, “This past season has been an unacceptable one in which we have fallen well short of the standards we set for ourselves. We have let ourselves down and we know we have bitterly disappointed and failed to meet the expectations of our supporters and stakeholders.
“It has been four barren seasons now and as Kaizer Chiefs management we will do all we possibly can to remedy the situation and to act decisively… We are using this off-season to implement the changes and to map the way forward with a new approach for next season, based on the lessons learnt.
“The rebuilding process for the 2019/20 season is already underway and all the necessary actions will be taken to ensure we restore this iconic institution to where it rightfully belongs – at the summit of South African football.
“We are bolstering the technical team, the playing personnel and strengthening the football department in preparation for the new season. The club has recently gone through some restructuring and has appointed new members to the board of directors. The board will play a critical role in our way forward.
“We thank all our supporters for your continued love and passion through good and difficult times. Fuelled by this support, we will use this time to reflect and go back to the spirit, ethos and legacy on which the club was founded and ensure we again play a leadership role in the football world on and off the pitch.”
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