Fadlu indebted to Middendorp

As revealed by KickOff.com this past weekend, Davids was this morning confirmed as the club's new coach on a two-year deal with an option to renew.

He will be assisted by his brother Mahier Davids and former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Arthur Bartman will continue as goalkeeper coach. The club said they will announce the second assistant coach in the next few days.

Davids worked extensively with former Kaizer Chiefs coach Middendorp at Maritzburg (two stints), Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United.

Middendorp notably encouraged Davids to study the game and he went on to obtain the UEFA B license in Ireland. The pair drew up a five-year plan after Davids suffered an ankle injury against AmaZulu in a friendly match five years ago which curtailed his playing career.

While Middendorp's demeanour could rub some the wrong way, many players speak fondly of their time under the German, who is now the technical director of Bangkok City in Thailand.

Davids is particularly grateful to have learnt from Middendorp.

"It is an honour and privilege to finally be handed this title as the head coach," said Davids after the club's chairman Farook Kadodia unveiled him to the media.

"But of course Middendorp played a huge role by taking me under his wing to really open up in terms of his knowledge, not holding back, taking me to football courses.

"Learning from one of the best coaches to come to South Africa... I'm totally indebted to him for where I am today. A lot of it is to to do with him being open, sharing his knowledge and helping me to be where I'm today."

The 35-year-old is the youngest head coach employed in the PSL. He was the youngest last season to win the PSL Coach of the Month award for April after recording three wins from four matches.

Davids won six games, drew six and lost two in his two spells as interim coach in 2016/17, with those defeats coming against Orlando Pirates and champions Bidvest Wits away.

Davids plans to take the team's game to the next level in the new campaign, which starts with an MTN8 clash with kings of Africa Mamelodi Sundowns in August. 

"If you really analysed those 14 games in charge and nine in the second half and five last year. Yes, we lost to Orlando Pirates 2-0 and got two red cards and yes we lost against Bidvest Wits on a set-piece by 1-0 in their title challenge," he added.

"But it is more about the process. It is not really about the results, it's about the team evolution and taking the next step.

"Taking this flexible tactical approach that we are able to do where we play with a three-man defensive line, four-man defensive line but keep maintaining the principles, maintain the style, maintaining the tactical structure.

"We want to play at a higher intensity, from vertical football in that regard and it'll be end to end. I feel it'll be very exciting for the fans of course and we'll maintain going to the next season."

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