'Don't be emotional about Middendorp'


Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United striker Sandile Ndlovu has expressed his support for the appointment of Ernst Middendorp at the Team of Choice.

The German mentor has returned to Pietermaritzburg for a fourth time as Eric Tinkler's replacement following his sacking on Monday.

Maritzburg currently have no points on the board, so Middendorp will again be tasked to save the club from relegation having only left the country for Ethiopia two months ago after he was fired Kaizer Chiefs for failing to win the league last season.

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His return to Maritzburg has been received with mixed emotions but 'AK 47' says people must not be emotional about the return of the German coach to the PSL.

"PSL coaches don't usually stay jobless for too long, teams rotate coaches almost every season. Even Eric Tinkler will find a job soon, so we must not be emotional about Ernst Middendorp returning," Ndlovu tells KickOff.com.

"I feel the decision was based on it's better to have the devil you know than the one you don't, because trying new things now was going to be difficult for them.

"Middendorp is a good coach, a quality coach who can motivate the players and he understands the culture and has been there before. He will introduce new players like he did before. I wish him all the best."

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Ndlovu believes people should not blame chairman Farook Kadodia for firing Tinkler because despite his achievements in the past, football is business.

"As much as it was early, the PSL is now a business my brother. Obviously the chairman Farook Kadodia and the board had a meeting with coach Eric Tinkler and I assume he didn't leave them with any other choice than to release him," Ndlovu says.

"So they had to take a decision. One should understand that results are important and there's a lot at stake in the PSL now, so if you can't deliver you are definitely out.

"Tinkler did well for the team, but if things no longer go well for the team the management must take a decision. There's no time to wait and we need to understand that in the PSL you have to deliver or else you leave."

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