Arrows sack Middendorp

2011-09-30 13:59

Durban - Lamontville Golden Arrows have parted ways with coach Ernst Middendorp, the club announced on Friday.

The German appeared to have saved his job with a 2-1 victory over Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premiership on Monday, but owner Mato Madlala decided to make a change following a poor start to the season that has seen the side win just twice in their opening seven matches.

“Lamontville Golden Arrows and its head coach, Mr Ernst Middendorp, have parted ways,” the club said on Friday.

“Management at Arrows makes a commitment to supporters and the team that a suitable replacement will be found as a matter of urgency. Arrows would like to take this opportunity to wish Mr Middendorp well in his future endeavors.”

Former Abafana Bes’thende coach Manqoba Mngqithi is the clear favourite to return to the club after he was sacked by AmaZulu a fortnight ago.

Golden Arrows were desperately disappointed to lose him to Usuthu at the start of the 2010/11 season, and given that he knows the structures of the club and many of the players, he is a logical choice.

There had been rumours prior to Wednesday’s clash with Chiefs that Middendorp had one match to save his job, but following the win he scoffed at these suggestions.

“I read those reports but those writing the headlines should find better things to do with their time,” he said at the time. “Today it’s me, tomorrow it’s Julio (Cesar Leal, coach Orlando Pirates), next week it is Johan Neeskens. It is all rubbish.

“I believe that the club owners are not stupid. They know the work we do. It is not as if we are sleeping or running around when we are supposed to be doing our job.

“My chairperson (Mato Madladla) is at training in the morning and in the afternoon. She knows the work that we put in. If she felt I was useless she would have fired me long ago.”

Middendorp won four and lost eight of the 12 matches in which he was in charge of Golden Arrows after taking over from Zoran Filipovic in March.


  • mosimanewakgomo - 2011-09-30 15:07

    coaching position in soccer is like political employment where you sleep being employed,an when you wake up you find yourself on the street looking for a job.This is a very cruel treatment or experience because all of us we have financial responsibility.

  • Mdu - 2011-09-30 15:19

    I ddnt c it coming after tht victory over Amakhosi

  • Hanjo - 2011-09-30 15:53

    He promised the tide is turning and that his team will win against Chiefs, did just that, but still lost his job. bad luck

  • FerretGee - 2011-09-30 16:06

    He also stuffed Maritzburg United last year until he was fired, one game doesn't a season make!

  • Thabo - 2011-09-30 17:40

    The unemployment figures are growing. The Psl bosses must be fine every time they fire a coach with 2yrs of appointing the coach. Now the revolving door has started which doesn't improve our game.

  • EliMafi - 2011-09-30 19:11

    Ernest let me tell you what's happening there.Mato Madladla misses her X-boyfriend Manqoba, nothing more.Now that he's no longer with Usuthu, she thought it was a good chance to dump you and reconcile with him.Just like any other relationship-you dump your lover the next thing you regret it and get back together. As the saying goes- second time better than first, maybe this time he will win her league who knows? Beating the on form Amakhosi and loose your job after- mmmmmm I smell a rat or I smell Khabo Zondo.

      Thabang - 2011-10-07 14:14

      Did you see who is newly appointed!!!Shut your Big Mouth nxa!!

  • Jerry - 2011-10-01 08:34

    who is next

      Mabhulwana - 2011-10-01 16:26

      Julio Leal, 4 sho!

      Vroteier9 - 2011-10-02 16:29

      Hope it's Julio.

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