Bartlett: Five or six players to leave

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Shaun Bartlett has accepted criticism of himself and Ernst Middendorp but assured a few changes to playing personnel are on the cards.

Chiefs are currently in the process of re-establishing their approach, as revealed in a statement released by the club last week, ahead of the new season.

While structural changes from the board of directors down to the players have been promised, it appears unlikely that Middendorp and Bartlett are in the firing line.

The duo is currently planning for the 2019/20 season, with Bartlett having confirmed that no indication has been given that the technical team may be leaving.

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The 46-year-old has since shouldered the strong condemnation from the Amakhosi supporters but says the past six months have given them a better understanding of what needs to be done to remedy the constant decline the club has gone through in recent years.

“Criticism and opinions will always be given, but we’ve got to use it to our benefit as well,” said Bartlett.

“Coming in in the middle of the season is never easy, not just for a coach or technical team but for players as well.

“It takes a bit of time to adapt and analyse as to what’s happening within the club – who you can and cannot use, and how you can move forward with certain players.

“I think, for us, that’s probably what the last six months gave a clear indication of – which players we can use and who can be the core of the team going forward.

“Bringing young players into the squad also always has its flip side because you need to produce results, and Kaizer Chiefs is a club about making sure you win silverware.

“But our philosophy is still, and we maintain, that we will bring young players into the team because we need to freshen it up a little bit and bring players in with a different hunger and desire going forward.”

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Asked whether wholesale changes should be expected in as far as players are concerned, Bartlett indicated that only another five or six are likely to leave before the new season.

“I wouldn’t say a big list, probably five, maybe six players. We’ve also got to see which players haven’t played a part over the last six months, or even the last season,” he added.

“And then we’ll see how we can move forward, but I don’t expect there to be a big list.”

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