Middendorp: 'I enjoyed my time with Maritzburg'


Former Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp has stated that despite being sacked over a phone call, he holds no hard feelings towards the club.

"There was no final meeting, I received a phone call on Tuesday around lunchtime. At that time I was not in Pietermaritzburg. I was asked to come in for a meeting. I said: 'what is it about?' and I was told that the partnership between Ernst Middendorp and Maritzburg United is coming to an end, that is a final decision," the 63-year-old told Marawa Sports Show.

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The German began his fourth tenure at Maritzburg at the start of the 2020/21 season and helped the club avoid the relegation, eventually finishing 13th. He continued right where he left off in his second season, leading the club to a 12th place finish with 31 points. An output the Maritzburg hierarchy found unsatisfactory.

"We have invested a lot in football development overall but especially in the past two years. We supported the coach fully and the board felt that by investing so much money every year we cannot be continuously fighting relegation," Maritzburg United Chairman Farook Kadodia told TimesLive last week.

Despite his unceremonious sacking though, Middendorp insists he holds no grudges towards the club.
"I have enjoyed my time in Pietermaritzburg with Maritzburg United several times. That is what is in my mind. The only thing I am a bit unhappy about restricting my own future was the late discussions only on the 7th of June. I think we could it have done four or three weeks earlier," he concluded.

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