Middendorp told to change his ways

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is not the most popular amongst many of the club’s fans, and a former Amakhosi star has called for change.

Middendorp’s return to Naturena after 11-and-a-half years in December last year came as a surprise to many, following the sacking of another obscure appointment in Giovanni Solinas.

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The supporters have since continuously voiced their disapproval of the German, who had it worse after the club ended outside of the top eight and lost the Nedbank Cup final last season.

Ex-Chiefs midfielder Jabu Mahlangu, formerly Jabu Pule, has echoed the belief that Middendorp is not the right man to lead the club, unless he changes his approach to suit the tools at his disposal.

“I still don’t believe in Ernst Middendorp, that he’s the right person to coach that team, but it’s fine – I’m not Kaizer Motaung,” said Mahlangu.

“Personally though, with his style of play and philosophy, and the kind of players that he has now, I think he needs to compromise at some point.

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“When you’re a coach, you’ve got your philosophy, approach and your style of how you want a team to play, but it’s also crucial to check the players at your disposal – do they fit to what you want?

“If you have to compromise so that you can make the guys click, then do it. But you can’t be drilling the same thing when the material you have doesn’t allow that.

“Sometimes you must compromise as a coach – you know this is how you want to play but the material that you have doesn’t allow this, so you need to change one or two things so that the machine can move.”

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