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Middendorp takes over from Filipovic at Golden Arrows

Posted: 21 March 2011 Time: 14:48

With just five League matches to go, Lamontville Golden Arrows have replaced their coach Zoran Filipovic with Ernst Middendorp.

A Golden Arrows official confirmed the news to on Monday, as Middendorp takes charge of the team with immediate affect.

He will have to wait for his work permit to come through before he can sit on the bench, but with Abafana Bes'thende's next match only on April 6 against SuperSport United, it should be through in time.

Former Montenegrin national team coach Filipovic joined Golden Arrows at the start of the season, taking over from Manqoba Mngqithi who had jumped ship to KwaZulu-Natal rivals AmaZulu.

After initial success, where Golden Arrows won five of their first eight fixtures and sat in the top three, the club's season has imploded.

They have won just two of their previous 18 matches in all competitions, and none of their last nine in the League. They also exited the Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup in the first rounds.

The results were too much for Golden Arrows boss Mato Madlala and she has moved swiftly to put the recently available Middendorp in charge.

The German was relieved of his duties at Maritzburg United on March 11 after a run of just one win in 10 had left The Team of Choice on the brink of a relegation scrap.

Middendorp, who has also coached Kaizer Chiefs, has been tasked with leading Golden Arrows back into the top eight. They currently trail eighth-placed Free State Stars by four points with five games remaining in the season.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 03:04 pm
Arrows management is crazy..what will masenyo do wit 6 games?
posted: 03:24 pm
posted: 03:36 pm
Arrows should suffer for mistreating Manqoba, they wanted international experience. That woman doesn’t even pay bonus to her players, yet pays fat salaries to foreign coaches. THE COMING SEASON IS ARROWS’ LASTS.
posted: 03:43 pm
does Madlala want to take the team to NFD? mazinyo has succeded taking down M. UNITED now madlala wants him to help her. Kuyo yonke lonto bashiye USANGWENI no TOM.
posted: 03:45 pm do you hire a coach that is doing worse then the coach you fired..??
posted: 04:11 pm
... the woman is playing with the team! the team is doing better than last season and playing better than last season! why sack a coach and substitute him with one that was doing worse ... and that lost both matches against this one?????
posted: 04:22 pm
mistake mistake MISTAKE!
posted: 04:22 pm
Not that I know too much about soccer but Mato's decision at times leaves very little to be desired. I mean a coach who has a bad record than the one you have replaces the current incumbent? What criteria is actually used to hire a coach? Perhaps like I said I am still little with football knowledge...isn't the coach's previous record that qualifies him to be hired elsewhere?

Eish maar things like this take the integrity of our own PSL to the dogs, I am telling you.
posted: 05:06 pm
she shouldnt have fired manqoba at da first place!....the coach wins a cup...first cup for dat matter n she gave him da boot?..she is arrogant!
posted: 05:39 pm
Hey now you have a coach suited for Mvela League:) common denominator in all bad decisions Manto and Mandla. Keep up the good work and vodacom here you come.
posted: 06:03 pm
how long is he gonna last before he starts shooting off his mouth again?? 6 months ?
posted: 07:39 pm
we just saw arrows going south
posted: 08:42 pm
... mistake!
posted: 10:24 pm
joke. What wl he do at Arrows in 5 games? Waste really. Should have tried Zondo or Ncikazi
Swona Champ!
posted: 07:34 am
this move favours than Golden Arrows, history will prove me wrong!
posted: 07:34 am
mazinyo did well in maritzburg he was let down by the players, it was gud move by Manto, they must just start preparing for next season
posted: 08:05 am
Arrows nxt season ll be fyting relegation mark words.
posted: 08:17 am

i am sure Manto knows what is best for Arrows and she is the one who is going to take the bullet if things dont go well not you lovely bloggers and your views.

posted: 08:20 am
Memories of this bimbo are still fresh on my mind when she's was arrogantly boasting that they needed to get rid of Manqoba and get a coach to take them forward live on Metro FM... I wish they end up in the second devision, just like abaqulusi. Talk of not respecting local coaches... How do you then appoint somebody who has failed where he was given enough time and support with the team?!? Self defeating acts by Manto - stupidity at its worst!!
posted: 08:29 am
What a stupid move, first she fired Manqoba Mnqithi, a brilliant young and black S.A coach and wanted to be flamboyant and employed a white old European, who in all fairness was not a bad coach at all, now he fires the coach 5 games before the end of the season and ropes in an even worse coach than Filipovic, Manto is losing it now.
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