Ruud Krol for Maritzburg job?

2012-01-18 16:57
Ruud Krol (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Former Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol tops the list of shortlisted candidates for the vacant Maritzburg United coaching job.

The coastal club said on Wednesday the list also included Manqoba Mngqithi, Boebie Solomons and, strangely, former Maritzburg coach Ernst Middendorp.

Krol, the former Dutch national captain, led Pirates to a treble of trophies last season before parting ways with the club, and was interviewed for the job on Tuesday.

"Our chairman [Farouk Kadodia] went up to Johannesburg to interview Krol and Middendorp," said the club's communications manager, Younus Kadodia.

"It's obviously a position that he and the board of directors want filled as soon as possible, and we didn't think we were going to be looking for a coach at this time of the season.

"We have compiled a list of candidates and are busy looking at the number of coaches available.

"As a club we will not be recruiting anyone that's foreign to the Premier Soccer league."

United want a replacement for Ian Palmer who was sacked last week after nearly a year in the position.

Mngqithi, a highly rated local coach, has been clubless since he was fired by AmaZulu earlier in the season, and worked with Shakes Mashaba and the SA Under-23 team on an interim basis in the African Olympic qualifiers in Morocco in December.

Solomons, too, has good credentials in his numerous stints with Santos before being "redeployed" within the struggling Cape team's structures last month.

He also coached Wits back to the Premiership from the first division four seasons ago, winning the then Mvela Golden League.

The surprise name is that of German trainer Middendorp who acrimoniously parted ways with United at this stage last season, going on to file a lawsuit against the Team of Choice for unfair dismissal.

Bizarrely, he had asked for the club to fire him on national television, straining his relations with top management while the side was fighting relegation. He departed a week later.

Middendorp was sacked by Golden Arrows earlier this season.

Ironically, he now stands to replace Palmer, the man that took over from him mid-season last year, helping United maintain their Premiership status.

"It was a pity that he lost his cool and voiced his frustrations on television like he did, but you can't question his tactical acumen," Kadodia said.

"Plus it's football where you can't burn the bridges with anyone because you are bound to cross in the future."

Read more on:    psl  |  ruud krol


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

13 December 2015
Free State Stars v University of Pretoria, Goble Park 15:30
18 December 2015
Chippa United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 20:00
19 December 2015
Golden Arrows v Polokwane City, Chatsworth Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Jomo Cosmos, Goble Park 15:30
Kaizer Chiefs v Wits, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Aces v Ajax Cape Town, Mbombela Stadium 20:15
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

When all is said and done in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season, who will be crowned champions of South Africa?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


30 of the world's greatest golfers will be heading to the Gary Player Country Club for this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge - now in its 35th year. For all the latest news, player profiles, hole-by-hole descriptions and past winners, be sure to check out Sport24's dedicated section.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.