Absa Premiership

Chiefs legend agrees with decision to part ways with Solinas

Giovanni Solinas (Gallo Images)
Giovanni Solinas (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Rudolph Seale believes the decision to part ways with Giovanni Solinas was the right one as things weren't going well for the club under the Italian.

On Friday, the Glamour Boys parted ways with Solinas and later announced on the same day that Ernst Middendorp was being brought in as his replacement.

Chiefs had been struggling with the 50-year-old at the helm having been booted out of the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout, while residing in seventh position in the Absa Premiership.

In addition, Amakhosi lost to fierce rivals Orlando Pirates on two occasions in the 2018/19 campaign.

Seale, who played for Chiefs between 1989 and 1995, told Goal.com website: "I saw it coming, but it has happened when time is no longer on their side. I think they are still looking for a good coach to challenge for trophies in my opinion.

"For now, this is all about doing damage control and no ambitions of challenging for the league title, things are not looking good now especially after playing 14 games and sitting at the number seven.

"I don't think we have a chance to win a trophy as Chiefs because this is all about employing someone who is better than Solinas.

"To be honest I don't understand why Ernst. I was hoping for someone new, with a new philosophy because Middendorp has been at the club, been around at clubs such as Free State Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United, it's just recycling coaches.

"This is not a permanent move or appointment, but a temporary measure in my opinion. I think someone with a track record of winning trophies is needed especially someone who has won the league.

"Solinas was a failure in my opinion because he always apologised whenever the team loses. That brought pressure on him and he shot himself in the foot by doing so.

"By offering an apology, he implied that they will improve in their next matches, but things fell apart. I don't think the players were an issue here because there are those who were brought in and are basically meeting the Chiefs standard."

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