Nearly three months into Middendorp’s stay, the structural and tactical changes have become increasingly apparent in Chiefs’ game since their sombre stage under the inept Giovanni Solinas earlier this season.
Though results have not quite been favourable as yet, largely due to elementary mistakes at the back, their refined approach has seen them pick up points against Bidvest Wits and end their hapless run against arch rival Orlando Pirates in recent weeks, while they remain on course for Nedbank Cup honours.
Yet, with this being his second stint at the club, a faction of the Amakhosi faithful are seemingly not entirely convinced by the German tactician as they criticize his selections.
But McCarthy, who has experienced mentorship under Middendorp during his previous spell at Naturena between 2005 and 2007, believes he has the necessary traits to bring back the Chiefs of old.
“I like the way Middendorp goes about his business – he’s very professional; very open; very honest and straightforward,” McCarthy tells KickOff.com.
“If a player performs or plays according to his instructions and the way he planned to play against a certain team, that player will always retain his place.
“If a player performs in the game and in training the whole week … He doesn’t only look at the players that train seriously on Thursday and Friday [for the weekend’s game] – no, he wants you to train and be focussed from the Monday or Tuesday and for the entire week.
“So, I think he can turn things around, it’s just a matter of the players themselves taking that responsibility on the pitch and showing that they can also put in the work individually and collectively to get the results.”