Following the weekend’s devastating outcome – Kaizer Chiefs failing to lift the title despite sitting pretty at the top for a large chunk of the season – it’s understood a decision on the future of coach Ernst Middendorp will be made in the coming weeks.
According to the information given to the Siya crew, the German mentor left the bio-bubble on Sunday with no official word yet from the hierarchy regarding his position in the hot seat, although Chiefs are believed to have already made contact with another coach.
Gavin Hunt, who is now unattached having agreed on a settlement with Bidvest Wits to move on and will not be relocating with the new owners to Venda, is a hot favourite to replace Middendorp at Naturena.
But Orlando Pirates, too, have shown a shock interest in luring Hunt to the club even with Jozef Zinnbauer having only been hired as recent as December last year on a three seasons contract. His team’s performance after the restart raised doubts over whether he was the right man to steer the Buccaneers ship.
Pirates, however, still finished in third place and will play in the CAF Confederation Cup later this year.
Middendorp also still has a year to run on his Amakhosi agreement and finishing second in the Absa Premiership is the best position the club has achieved over the last five years – however, the manner in which Chiefs blew their chance to finally end the trophy drought is among the reasons why the 61-year-old is under fire.
It’s expected that he will leave Chiefs, but an official announcement is not likely until both the club and the coach have had a discussion on the way forward, which, according to sources, has not yet taken place since the final game on Saturday.
Story by @superjourno
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