Will Middendorp step down?

2016-10-05 06:00
PHOTO: 2008 China Photos Ernst Middendorp says he thinks it may be time for him to step down.

PHOTO: 2008 China Photos Ernst Middendorp says he thinks it may be time for him to step down.

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MARITZBURG United head coach Ernst Middendorp says he thinks it may be time for him to step down.

Middendorp was speaking at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday after the club’s 1-0 defeat against Polokwane City.

This was Maritzburg United’s third loss of the Absa Premiership season after going down 2-0 against Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on the weekend.

“I don’t know if I can put in any additional energy required by the team to continue this fight. I have to sleep on it and take a couple of days off to think if I still want to continue this fight.

“I take this defeat fully on my shoulders, I’m sorry to the players and the team but that’s how it is,” he said.

Middendorp said even though they had already lost three games he was hopeful they will not be fighting relegation again this season.

“It’s still early season, we have only had five games, we are in a situation there’s no doubt about it – in a relegation battle again where we didn’t want to be, in particular with this game today, we had prepared well for it. These are not the results we anticipated.”

He said Tuesday night’s game was the only one they were mostly disappointed about.

“The other four games against Kaizer Chiefs, Sundown’s and Supersport were outstanding.”

Middendorp said he thinks the players have lost their confidence following the game against Kaizer Chiefs where he says a ‘clear goal’ by Maritzburg United was disallowed.

Bevan Fransman had the ball in the back of the net in the first 20 minutes of the game, but the defender’s effort was ruled out by the referee as a foul.

“We got robbed in the Kaizer Chiefs game, there’s no doubt about it, but I don’t know for what reasons. There were consistently yellow cards on our side, and their goal was offside, definitely. It was very frustrating. As a result, the energy and the confidence in the players is gone.”

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