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Chippa United, Ernst Middendorp part bitterly

Posted: 1 July 2015 Time: 14:05

Ernst Middendorp is still reeling following an ugly separation process with Chippa United, who have revealed some of their disciplinary findings following the coach's suspension back in March.

Middendorp was suspended by Chippa on March 30 on full pay as then-technical director Mich D'Avray took over the coaching duties until the end of the season.

The German coach was then fired on June 25 and the club has appointed Roger Sikhakhane once again, while D'Avray left his technical director post on Monday. Fadlu Davids also resigned as assistant coach on Tuesday. General manager Peter Koutroulis had already left the club on June 4.

Middendorp made the following statement on his Facebook page following his sacking: “For the last three months my legal team has assisted me through the quagmire of dishonour Chippa United has created. It has been a battleground. My primary lawyer and I agree – we have never seen anything like it in over 35 years of collective professional football and labour law experience. There is still a long road ahead of us but I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities.”

Chippa PRO Lukhanyo Mzinzi has now revealed a few details to following the conclusion of their disciplinary proceedings against Middendorp.

“The recommendation from the hearing is from his previous record and the charge is that he was found guilty of being disrespectful to the management, and we got a recommendation to release him,” Lukhanyo says.

“There was a time where he was found guilty at his previous clubs and we are going to release that report in nine days' time. Amongst other things, it [the reason for his suspension and sacking] is the way he communicated and conducted himself to the management. The report will come out.

“This [Chippa United) is a community team in the entire Eastern Cape so when there is someone who doesn’t respect that, it is very out of the way.”

Mzinzi says the club is trying to curb their tendency of chopping and changing the coach.

“It was the wrong decision to appoint him [Middendorp]. I have said we might have erred in firing other coaches but most of those coaches we have fired, the error was in hiring [them in the first place] and we are trying to correct that,” the club official adds.

“I think we are wrong in hiring [more] than in firing. The media can be very hostile to us about firing coaches but you have to be fired, otherwise we will be relegated because after seven matches … you have three points and you talk anyhow [you want] to Thami Sangweni, who is a Bafana player … he [Middendorp] said to him ‘I don't need you’ and to many other players.”

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