Absa Premiership

Middendorp looking forward to producing results at Chiefs

Ernst Middendorp
Ernst Middendorp

Cape Town - Newly appointed head coach Ernst Middendorp said Monday, he is looking forward to the challenge of producing results at a 'huge club' such as Kaizer Chiefs.

Speaking ahead of a league clash against SuperSport United, Middendorp said that he is excited by the challenge to lead the Glamour Boys to success after replacing the outgoing Giovanni Solinas.

"It is a huge challenge with a lot of expectations," the German tactician said. "I was able to make the decision and jump in straight away. It's a challenge, it's a huge club and a huge brand. I’m looking forward to producing results."

On Friday, the Soweto giants parted ways with Solinas and later announced on the same day that 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.

Middendorp returns having won the SAA Supa 8 trophy (now MTN8) in 2006/07 during his first stint at Naturena.

"We need to show our abilities," he added. "We need to respect SuperSport. We need to perform on a high level."

"I’m focusing on the league at the moment so that is the match against SuperSport. The second thing is to focus on the direction of the players."

Football manager, Bobby Motaung agreed that pleasing the supporters was one of the reasons the club made a change to the head coach position and that they had a right to be selfish for success.

"We do respect the supporters," Motaung said. "That's why these changes are being done sometimes, they are made because to satisfy the supporters. It is the team that they love and (as) the coach says, it is about results.

"You see, now the challenge of changing a coach again, it is because of them (the supporters) as well. They are part of the puzzle. Like the coach says, the supporters have the right to be selfish."

Chiefs next face SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership clash on Wednesday.

Kick-off is at 19:30.