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Posted: 12 March 2011 Time: 14:36

Ernst Middendorp has been fired by Maritzburg United, just hours after the 3-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Moroka Swallows in the Nedbank Cup.

The German coach’s future has been in doubt all week after a rant on television last weekend when he berated his players for their poor performance against promoted Vasco da Gama.

During the week, Middendorp was forced to issue an apology on the club’s website and looked a downcast and contrite figure on Friday as his Maritzburg side collapsed in the second half against a Moroka Swallows’ second string.

Middendorp’s relationship with his players looked to have dropped to a all-time low and management told KICK OFF his behaviour was erratic.

He had been at the club for just over a year, helping their successful battle against potential relegation last season but then failing to push on with the team in the current campaign.

The club have won once in their last 10 games and are just three points above the drop zone, with six vital matches left to play.

Middendorp is the seventh managerial casualty in the PSL this season.

He has previously worked at Kaizer Chiefs and has also had spells in the German Bundesliga, in Ghana, China and Cyprus.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 02:52 pm
It was long time coming & what he said in tv was always going to backfire on him!
posted: 02:58 pm
I hope that was his last spell in our football. We could do better without people like him. He needs to work on his emotions & learn some respect. Bye Ernst
Swona Champ!
posted: 02:59 pm
not surpriced, Krol still have his job KO! remeber your poll, I still ask myself why KO came with this list, Mr. Kroll was not suppose to be in this list, I understand the others!

Poll Results
Who will be the next coach to fired?

Paul Dolezar
313 (40.8%)

Ruud Krol
193 (25.2%)

Ernst Middendorp
68 (8.9%)

Manqoba Mnqithi
193 (25.2%)

posted: 03:56 pm
Ya, he deserves it, wat kind of coach criticise his own players after da game?? who is responsible for da type of football dey play on da field??dey must jst hire neil tovey,bt i dnt want to c swallows being relegated so maritzburg need to excuse us on psl
posted: 03:58 pm
bye bye Mazino,u have done ur best(bad) in SA..
posted: 04:04 pm
bye mazinyo u destroy scara en my be luvd chiefs.2 my team manager mr boby he is vv wishlist.1.bester.4rm maritzburg.2.serero.4rm ajax. 3.mathohoho,olumu.celtics. isacks.4rm santos.5.anthony lafour 4rm ss united. 4rm. 0769984804.
posted: 05:18 pm
You are day dreaming my man,your team is bankrupt so they can't afford not even one of those players.
Watch the space!we will beat your bobsteak to get some of those players to the Bucs ship!because we are preparing ourselves to conquer Africa next watch this space!
posted: 05:58 pm
Just what Swai-Swai needed. It is a great result for Maritzburg United as they now need to put more effort on surviving relegation. I have a feeling that next season there will be 2 teams form KZN in the PSL. Give a local coach a chance to get know the players before the next season of the NFD.
posted: 06:44 pm
@Totalfootball, what you are saying about Kaizer Chiefs is irritating me sir serious. How do you know that Chiefs is bankrupt? What you must realize is that Chiefs is not like Sunflop or pie city, those team buy every players available in the makert and end up not winning even a single trophy for example Rats went 10yrs without a cup while Flops now is 3yrs without a silverware. At Chiefs we brought a trophy each and every season although we don't sign those useless players. As for MAZINYO.COM wish you all the best where ever you go to coach. Khosi4life.
posted: 07:12 pm
posted: 01:40 pm
nxa abt tim, this toothless clueless coach shuld hv gone lonh time ago
posted: 02:09 pm
sorry mazinyo
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