A shell-shocked Ernst Middendorp told journalists last night following Kaizer Chiefs’ Nedbank Cup final defeat to TS Galaxy in Durban that he expects his Amakhosi future to be on the agenda this week.
The Glamour Boys’ four-year trophy drought continued after what was one of the lowest moments in the club’s history culminated in them going 1-0 down to a team in the National First Division at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
A visibly stunned Middendorp confirmed he would also give the club a report based on the five months he has been at Chiefs.
“It’s definitely shocking, if not embarrassing, to sit here now and not have won the cup. We are sorry,” the German told the media.
Asked if his future would be discussed and whether he would be staying at Naturena beyond last night’s unexpected result he said: “I think in general we have to sit down so see what is happening, not only the last months but what is happening at Kaizer Chiefs, maybe in the last couple of years. We will definitely have a discussion and definitely have to make a decision – but certainly not 30 minutes after finishing the game. I think whoever is now prepared to do something it is quite emotional and it shouldn’t be done at this time. We have to chat and look forward and see what is best.”
Middendorp still has two more years at Chiefs as per the contract signed when he arrived mid-season.
There were suggestions he would quit if Amakhosi did not win the cup, but the coach himself had refused to be drawn into those discussions prior and after the match on Saturday night.