Ernst quizzed over Chiefs future


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has refused to engage in discussions over his future at the club ahead of their Nedbank Cup final this weekend.

Chiefs have come under massive scrutiny this season as they registered their worst in over a decade, finishing ninth on the log standings after a run of seven matches without a win.

This has subsequently resulted in Middendorp’s future coming into question, with the German having been present the last time the club finished outside of the top eight in 2006/07.

Should this weekend’s clash with First Division surprise package TS Galaxy go pear-shaped, it would certainly have a strong bearing on whether he continues into his remaining two years of his contract at Naturena.

Quizzed on whether the possibility of disaster striking this weekend has occurred to the former Maritzburg United mentor, he profusely rejected any ‘ifs’.

“You cannot … Don’t approach me with if, if, if, and again if. I think if you want to write something about ‘if’, and what’s your option in case of ‘if’, then just do it,” said Middendorp.

“But, please, don’t expect an answer from my side in case of ‘if’. We have a very clear target to win this cup and that’s what we are doing.”

Pressed further on whether he would resign should the unthinkable happen, Middendorp vehemently maintained his stance as he vowed to lift the trophy at the Moses Mabhida Stadium come Saturday evening.

“Whatever you’re saying in this moment, I have a contract over [a certain amount of] years and I will win this cup – that’s our target,” he insisted.

“And I’m not going into it and looking into options you are creating now. Please, do me a favour, this is definitely something that I’m not answering.”

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