Cape Town - Chippa
United coach Ernst Middendorp has backed his side to avoid the indignity of
being relegated from the Premiership this season.
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The former Bloemfontein Celtic coach took up the reins at
the Port Elizabeth-based club in January, taking over from Roger Sikhakhane
less than a month after parting ways with Celtic.
However, Middendorp is yet to pick up his first win, with
last Friday's 1-1 draw with Amazulu stretching their winless run to 11 games.
As a result, the German tactician has faced mounting unrest
as the club's supporters grow more vocal in their criticism of the team's
However, he is not allowing himself to dwell on the
disappointing run of results, choosing instead to focus on securing Chippa's
He told Herald Live:
"Inside the club, some people are not able to see it, but we technical
staff and players are supporting each other. Our mentality is not to quit or to
"This is a crucial time and we don't need to fall into
a trap. We have to focus, to work it out and we'll definitely have the points
at the end of the season.
"We should not have the mentality to quit, to resign,
to run away because there are some problems or issues in the club.
"That is really something we should build on, moving on
to our next game in Pretoria on Wednesday.
"The fans don't affect me. I fully understand their
frustration but all the commotion makes me even more determined to
He added: "It is not unusual to have a slow start [when
a new coach arrives]. A coach actually needs five transfer periods to get his
perfect team together, but we don't have that sort of time.
"A win will come. It will click but it is not like just
walking into a room and switching on a light."
The Chilli Boys return to Premiership action on Wednesday
evening when they travel to Q3 winners and title hopefuls Mamelodi Sundowns.
Middendorp's men sit in 12th place in the Premiership table, having picked up
25 points from 23 games.