Bobby: Chiefs needed a fast starter
Posted: 16 December 2018 Time: 09:00
Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung has explained that it would have been difficult for the club to get someone who needs time to settle into the job at this stage of the season.
Amakhosi had been linked with former Al Ahly coach Patrice Carteron, but bringing in someone like him, or any other individual who has never coached in the PSL, would mean that he has to be given time to settle. And, at the rate they have been going this season, Chiefs cannot afford to have someone who is still going to try find the right combinations halfway through the campaign.
It’s for that reason the Soweto giants went for someone who not only knows South African football, but knows the club well – Ernst Middendorp.
Middendorp previously won two trophies with Amakhosi in his first stint with the club – the Absa Cup and SAA Supa8 – and would no doubt be expected to guide the club to at least one of the trophies still on offer this season.
“It would be a new journey. It’s in the middle of the season, so you’d be compromising not only the players, but the coach as well. So we considered somebody who is knowledgable, who knows the league, understands the club culture and everything,” Motaung said.
“It takes time. Even with [Giovanni] Solinas, one of the things is that he’d need another year or two, but with the results as they are coming, it was not going to allow him to adapt. We felt that it was not coming and the pressure was there. You must consider the people’s feelings. The supporters' feelings mean a lot to us.”