Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Kaizer Chiefs could have been more patient with coach Steve Komphela instead of firing him at the end of last season.
Chiefs finished the season outside the top eight for the first time in a decade after completing their campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
'Jingles' believes Komphela could have done a better job at Chiefs if he were given a chance to stay at Naturena.
"I think Steve had a good job there. I think Steve could have been third or second again, he did a very good job. I was not happy when they removed him and always told you guys about that," said Mosimane.
"You can remove him because he hasn’t won any title in the last three years, okay, but is he the only one? So what guarantee next year other people will again? It's tough, I feel sad for Steve.
"Every team goes through that cycle, Sundowns went through that cycle of seven years [without a trophy], Liverpool went through that cycle of 15 years or 14 years. Milan are going through that cycle, you can go and look at every club even Dortmund are going through that cycle. Those are big clubs with big stadiums.
"So Chiefs is going through that cycle. I can see coach [Ernst] Middendorp is brave, he wants youth, more youngsters, chicken springs as Muhsin Ertugral used to call them [at Ajax Cape Town]. They are quick, but you need a little bit of experience. But he has the experience of Khama [Billiat], my CBD has gone there. [Willard] Katsande, they have experience. Hopefully they will come back."
Meanwhile, Middendorp could be charged by the PSL after he snubbed the media for post-match interviews after their league defeat to Chippa on Saturday.