Kaizer Chiefs is expected make a decision on the future of coach Ernst Middendorp this week, the Siya crew has been informed.
Following Amakhosi’s failure to finish inside the Top Eight for the first time in 12 years as well as their Nedbank Cup final defeat to lower division outfit TS Galaxy at the weekend, the German coach has come under immense scrutiny and his position at the club is said to now be in doubt.
Middendorp does, however, still have two years remaining on his contract at Naturena, having joined them in December last year to replace Italian, Giovanni Solinas – but it is thought the club management is unhappy with the lack of progress the side has made since he took over the reins.
What has certainly made things worse is the embarrassment of having lost to a National First Division team, which denied Chiefs a first trophy since May 2015.
Middendorp would not be drawn into discussing his future immediately after the game on Saturday night at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, but did admit that both he and the club should talk about the way forward and why Amakhosi have gone four years without any silverware.
The Siya crew understands that Middendorp has submitted a 40-page report detailing his assessment of the team in the five months he has been there and whatever else he has observed prior to his arrival.
Should Chiefs decide to sack Middendorp, then both parties would have to agree to a sizeable pay-out given the length of his contract as announced by Amakhosi when he arrived in December.
Chiefs have also spent quite a bit of money in the last few months on settlements – Solinas was believed to have been paid six months’ salary and the club recently terminated the contracts of Virgil Vries, Hendrick Ekstein, Khotso Malope, Bhongolwethu Jayiya and Gustavo Paez.
There are no suggestions yet that Chiefs have already lined up a replacement, and firing Middendorp would mean Amakhosi only has less than two months before pre-season to hire a replacement.