The hunt is on for Kaizer Chiefs’ new coach, chairman Kaizer Motaung said as he confirmed a timeframe for when the appointment would be made.
Amakhosi parted ways with Ernst Middendorp on Wednesday afternoon despite the German still having a year left on his contract.
Motaung made it clear that missing out on the Absa Premiership title on the final day of the season last weekend was the contributing factor.
“We deliberated and considered many aspects related to the team, including our way of playing, our performances and the results before coming to the decision,” he was quoted on the club’s official website.
The Chiefs supremo did not confirm any of the candidates for the now vacant job, but expects to make an appointment later this month before pre-season resumes.
“We will announce the new coach before the team returns for pre-season training,” he said, with the Siya crew told Gavin Hunt is a front runner.
“We truly believed and hoped that our 50th anniversary year would be better, and it indeed looked promising. The decision taken is part of a strategy to have the team win trophies again and to make our supporters happy because they deserve better. After giving the coach and the technical team the ammunition required to compete in the new season, there were some improvements, and this was evident during the first seven months of this 2019/2020 season. However, when the league restarted post-lockdown, things changed, and we looked a totally different side in our last eight league matches. We witnessed some heart-stopping performances and we were overtaken on the log in the last game of the season, which truly broke our hearts.”
Motaung said the club had to act.
“We have to take responsibility – we can’t wait and allow this situation to continue. We pride ourselves on having built a strong legacy and a culture based on winning. We are aware that the supporters are hurting, and the outcry is too loud to ignore,” he explained.
“It is important for our loyal supporters to know that we feel their pain. We are a listening organisation and we respect their right to express their dissatisfaction with the team’s overall performance. While we are wounded, we need to remember that the key principle of loyalty is showing unity and standing together in solidarity when the going gets tough.”
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