Kaizer Chiefs’ four-year slump is the worst in their history and coming out of it will require the club to revisit some of their policies, says one of their current servants.
The 2018/19 season ended three weeks ago when Chiefs lost out on the Nedbank Cup to minnows TS Galaxy in the final in Durban, after they had a week prior missed out on the Absa Premiership top-eight for the first time in 12 years.
The current technical team led by Ernst Middendorp and Shaun Bartlett also came under scrutiny, but they have since survived the immediate onslaught after the embarrassment.
Though the club have yet to confirm official changes, should Middendorp and Bartlett remain at Naturena, the latter believes there’s a certain approach that needs to be taken for the club to return to its former glory.
One of the changes the former Bafana Bafana striker identified is the need for an Amakhosi ‘template’ with regards to the type of signings that come in, and to avoid the continuation of the large turnover of players witnessed in recent seasons.
“I think something that we’ve recognised is that there needs to be a – if I can put it in a better way – template for the type of player that we need at Chiefs," Bartlett told the media.
“Because, you’ve seen it over and over, not just players coming from another club to Chiefs but whether you go from here to the national team, if you don’t perform at a certain level then you’re not good enough.
“Coming to Chiefs is a heavy, heavy badge to carry, you can’t just come and think you can turn on the tap on a Saturday and produce results – you’ve got to do it day-in and day-out.
“And you’ve got to have that mentality that when you get through the gates at Chiefs Village, that ‘I’m a Chiefs player, and I deserve to be here’, but more so show it on the field.”