In his final press conference of the 2018/19 season, held minutes after Kaizer Chiefs’ embarrassing defeat to TS Galaxy two weekends ago, coach Ernst Middendorp called on the club to do some soul-searching.
Amakhosi had just been beaten to the punch by a team in the National First Division as Galaxy made history by becoming the first lower league outfit to win the Nedbank Cup, while Chiefs’ trophy drought stretched to four years.
Middendorp took the flack, but the German reminded journalists that – in many ways – he shouldn’t be the only one to shoulder the blame.
“I think in general we have to sit down and see what is happening – not only the last months, but what is happening at Kaizer Chiefs, maybe in the last couple of years. We have to chat and look forward to see what is best,” he told journalists.
It has since been reported by the Siya crew that Middendorp looks set to remain in the Chiefs hot seat for the upcoming season, though he is believed to have asked for a squad overhaul.
Middendorp, according to Siya sources, has also submitted a 40-page report to the club detailing his observations over the last five months he has been at Naturena – and changes are afoot.
Amakhosi confirmed, via a statement last Friday, that the continued lack of success has indeed forced them to ring the changes. Middendorp, it sounds like, will be given additional support in terms of player personnel and backroom staff.
The club’s new board of directors will also now have a more hands-on approach, the effects of which will be evident in the coming weeks – especially when the transfer window opens on July 1.