Ernst Middendorp Chippa United head coach
Thursday Nov 24, 2016. 15:30
Information landing at AfricanFootball.com's desk is that Maritzburg united coach Ernst Middendorp has left the club.
The Team of Choice released a statement on their website on Thursday that the German mentor has decided to step down from his coaching duties with immediate effect.
Middendorp was a notable absentee on their bench in their previous two Absa Premiership matches against Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City in the Mother City on Saturday and on Tuesday respectively.
“After a few games, I then realised that the challenge to save the club was in fact made even more difficult by challenges that were really beyond my control,” Middendorp tells the club's website.
“We identified the players that we wanted to bring in, and we signed eleven, plus the youngsters that we promoted from the (MultiChoice Diski Challenge) Diski team who are now regulars in the first team.
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“However, again on the field, circumstances put us in a disadvantage and as such we lost critical points that would see us on a much better position on the log by now. It was very difficult to continue under such circumstances. Eventually after the Highlands Park game where even the fans became emotional, I took two days off to reflect on the situation and the club brand being under threat as a result.
“I then approached the Chairman (Farouk Kadodia) and persuaded him to release me from the contract for the sake of avoiding damage to the club and to protect the brand.
“I indicated that after the Cape Town assignment, I would resign. The Chairman tried very hard to persuade me to stay and complete what I had started, but I felt very strongly that it is in the interest of the club that I step down because with me in the equation.”
Kadodia expressed disappointment in the coach's departure, adding that assistant coach, Fadlu Davids will be in charge until further notice.
"It was a very painful decision to allow Ernst to go. I tried to persuade him to stay, but he was adamant that to leave was the best thing to do for the sake of the club,” adds the chairman.
“I understand where he is coming from with this, and painful as it is, I had to give in to his request. Fadlu Davids will be in charge until further notice.”