Ernst not worried about pressure


Celtic were close to departing with the German coach this week after a poor start to the season as well as a 3-2 defeat to struggling AmaZulu despite being two goals to the good in the Telkom Knockout at the weekend.

The club has since stated that they will keep Middendorp on as long as he changes his behaviour and temper, but of course the results also need to improve.

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Celtic are 14th on the Absa Premiership log after seven games and have only collected six points, losing 3-0 in their last League game away to SuperSport United.

However, the former Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United coach admits that the pressure came in due to poor results.

"Coaching job is pressure at any moment, anytime and this is nothing new," he says.

"We are having this run [of poor results] but as I have said, obviously we are not happy. I'm not definitely satisfied with the outcome, but now tell me 'what cost in this moment to increase the pressure'? On Saturday we had completely set up to our advantage and we had a two zero lead and it came to our disadvantage, which was the red card [for Wandisile Letlabika].

"I'm not thinking about having more pressure or less pressure, we are just not winning games and we have to work on it to move forward into a direction to have a better result. Of course it is, again, not satisfying for not going through to the next round," he adds.

"We have it in the Bundesliga with Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and they lost also on Saturday and now all of a sudden there is talk that 'I'm under pressure and bigger pressure' and that is nonsense. We are completely under pressure because we are not getting the results and it's a unit; we win or we lose, we have the pressure consistently as a team."

After the international break and the Macufe Cup against Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday, Celtic will hope to turn their fortunes around when they host fellow strugglers Polokwane City at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on 19 September.