Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung says that pleasing the supporters was one of the reasons the club replaced Giovanni Solinas and appointed Ernst Middendorp as head coach.
Amakhosi shocked the football fraternity by sacking Solinas after just four months in charge of the Soweto giants following a string of bad results.
For a second tenure at the Naturena, Middendorp hopes of turning things around in what has been a difficult season for Chiefs.
“I think that the supporters should be selfish, (they) want results, you go to wherever here in Johannesburg, I experienced it in the last two, three days, it is understandable, but you want results,” Middendorp told the media as quoted by Soccer Laduma website.
“If the results are there and coming, I can definitely promise from my side to really make it happen, to prepare the team that they are able to perform and perform to their maximum,” he said.
Middendorp won the SAA Supa 8 trophy (now MTN8) in 2006/07 during his first stint in charge of the Glamour Boys.
Meanwhile, Motaung added: “Also, as a club, we do respect the supporters 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.”
Middendorp’s first action in the dugout will be on Wednesday when Amakhosi take on SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership clash.
Kick-off is at 19:30.