FILE - New Maritzburg United head coach Ernst Middendorp. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
FILE - New Maritzburg United head coach Ernst Middendorp. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Twitter reacts as Ernst Middendorp goes back to Maritzburg United

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Nov 26, 2020

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DURBAN – Maritzburg United appointed German Ernst Middendorp as their new coach on Thursday evening.

The 62-year-old succeeds Eric Tinkler as coach of the Team of Choice following the former Bafana Bafana player's sacking earlier this week.

Whilst he won two trophies with Kaizer Chiefs during his first stint as coach of the Glamour Boys between 2005-2007, Middendorp’s reputation is mixed in South African circles due to his history of not staying at clubs for long and due to his tactics which has jokingly described as “helicopter football”.

The amount of clubs that Middendorp has led in his 33-year football career also exceeds the number of clubs that controversial former France attacker Nicolas Anelka played for.

Due to his experience, some do feel that Middendorp will steady the ship of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands club following their poor start to the season.

However, naturally, not all fans reacted positively to Maritzburg’s appointment of Middendorp.

Others have suggested that Maritzburg’s appointment of Middendorp could serve as a bad omen for the veteran tactician’s former employers Kaizer Chiefs. Middendorp had Chiefs on the verge of winning the league last season before a dramatic late season slump led to Mamelodi Sundowns claiming league glory on the final day of the season.

The Chiefs side that he led also dramatically lost the 2018/19 Nedbank Cup final to then National First Division side TS Galaxy.

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