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A Sad Day For Maritzburg Football

The coaching merry-go-round is in full swing and picking up momentum. The latest episode in the saga involves the resignation of Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp, and the happy people of Maritzburg were not happy to see him go.

Supporters Club caught up with Maritzburg United superfan Paul Latchman to find out his thoughts on the matter.

"The truth of the matter is that two weeks ago Ernst and I were sitting in the crowd together and the man was very despondent. He was struggling so it was no surprise when he quit," Paul said.

"I think this issue with the referees really got to him. So for his peace of mind, it's better that he's done it now early in the season.

"He was totally stressed out, he has been for a while. If you looked at him in the Cape Town game, you could actually see the stress on him, and to be honest I don't blame him for leaving.

"Other teams get three yellow cards and no red, we get straight reds, that gets to the coach you know.

"My personal opinion is that Ernst was one of the best coaches we have ever had at Maritzburg. We will really miss him, that temperamental, vibrant person.

"On the subject of who should be the next coach… I don't know, it's up to the players now. They have to put their minds straight, but it is a sad day for soccer.

"We need a coach who can understand the culture and absorb the pressure. Muhsin was under pressure, I wonder if he could come here and do the job? Same with Roger De Sa? There are so many.

"Maybe even Steve can come back? I wouldn't be surprised, after yesterday's incident."

Could you see Steve Komphela back at Maritzburg United?

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