Middendorp’s Chiefs Future Now In Doubt!
As Kaizer Chiefs reel on the back of last night’s rough Nedbank Cup defeat to TS Galaxy, the Siya crew has been informed that there are changes to come…
The Glamour Boys suffered the embarrassment last night of becoming the first top-flight team in South African history to lose to a team from outside the top-tier in the Nedbank, meaning that their four-year trophyless run – the longest in their history – will extend until at least 2019/20.
Ernst Middendorp came into Chiefs in December after a horror start to the season under Giovanni Solinas, and in some ways found himself on board a sinking ship before managing to guide them into their first cup final since the 2015/16.
Despite marching into the final of the Nedbank though, the club did miss out on a place in the top eight for the first time in over a decade, and Siya sources have suggested that the German’s future is now in doubt on the back of the disappointing defeat at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Middendorp signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Chiefs in December when he was tasked with trying to revitalise the squad – something he did with the introduction of youngsters such as Happy Mashiane, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Njabulo Blom and Given Thibedi – but football is a results-driven sport and he could potentially pay the penalty for the club having fallen behind in recent years.
Now, after becoming the first coach to lead the Glamour Boys to a cup final in over three years, there are suggestions that he may not be at the helm in 2019/20 when the new season gets underway.
Having prematurely lost a player such as Hendrick Ekstein – a player he spoke very highly of and clearly liked - there is now also talk that, whether he stays or goes, there could be a number of other exits from Chiefs before the upcoming campaign gets going as the club looking to undergo an overhaul to try and get things back on track at Naturena.
Check out some shocking Chiefs stats from this season in the gallery below!