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By unknown | Feb 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

When Kaizer Chiefs roped in the highly decorated Ernst Middendorp as coach two seasons ago, the Amakhosi loyalists hailed the arrival of the German coach in Naturena.

But those same Chiefs' supporters are now baying for the blood of Middendorp after a string of indifferent results.

The 0-1 loss to Lamontville Golden Arrows in Orkney last Saturday seems to have been the last gasp for Middendorp as far as Chiefs' disgruntled supporters go.

But Kaizer Motaung, Chiefs' chairman, stressed before the match that Middendorp would stay and see out his contract at Naturena.

Motaung and company are under immense pressure to give Middendorp the boot.

But methinks this will not be a good move and Motaung should be applauded for his decision not to fire the coach.

You will never know, though, as club bosses have a knack of taking decisions in a split second.

Chiefs are a big team and whoever coaches the club must have the guts to deal with the pressure from the hard-to-please supporters. Middendorp is certainly aware of that.

Firing Middendorp at this crucial time in the season will not solve the problems at Naturena.

Chiefs still have nine matches to play and the recent poor run should not be seen as a train smash.

Though his tactical savvy has been questioned by many people, Middendorp is not a bad coach.

The poor man is sometimes forced not to field some of the crowd favourites because of injuries or lack of form.

The German got fulsome praise when he won the SAA Supa 8 Cup and the Absa Cup, and deserves the support from Amakhosi fans in his quest to win the Castle Premiership title.

Supporters should not dictate to the coach who to field because they are never at training and are clueless about what is happening as far as injuries are concerned.

Milutin "Micho" Sredojevic, my favourite coach, has jumped ship at Orlando Pirates.

Middendorp should do the same if he feels that he is not delivering.

But he should not be forced to resign.

Firing Middendorp now will not solve problems at Chiefs. Period.

The season still has some way to go and Chiefs aren't completely out of it.


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