Kaizer Chiefs were looking for a new coach who is experienced and has an understanding of the club’s footballing culture, which is why they opted for Ernst Middendorp to replace Giovanni Solinas.
That was the explanation from Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung on Friday night following the shock recall of Middendorp for a second stint in charge of the Amakhosi.
He has been handed a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The 60-year-old German was the Chiefs coach between 2005 and 2007. The club pointed out on their website on Friday that they won “several trophies” under Middendorp – the Absa Cup, SAA Supa 8 and Telkom Knockout.
He has also been the head coach at Maritzburg United, Golden Arrows, Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United.