Maritzburg sack Middendorp

2011-03-12 16:26

Durban - Ernst Middendorp has been fired by Maritzburg United, just hours after the 3-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Moroka Swallows in the Nedbank Cup.

The German coach’s future has been in doubt all week after a rant on television last weekend when he berated his players for their poor performance against promoted Vasco da Gama.

During the week, Middendorp was forced to issue an apology on the club’s website and looked a downcast and contrite figure on Friday as his Maritzburg side collapsed in the second half against a Moroka Swallows’ second string.

Middendorp’s relationship with his players looked to have dropped to a all-time low and management said his behaviour was erratic.

He had been at the club for just over a year, helping their successful battle against potential relegation last season but then failing to push on with the team in the current campaign.

The club have won once in their last 10 games and are just three points above the drop zone, with six vital matches left to play.

Middendorp is the seventh managerial casualty in the PSL this season.


  • Mamaile - 2011-03-13 08:51

    ln mzansi we dont learn and always wil be #bo Thomases# this guy failed in many countries starting here in sa with chiefs, lost his head there, relocated the entire chiefs players to germany, failed again with them, allow him to cum back still failing. are we not proudly Sa. the likes of Manxhoba, gordon, pitso, clintorn ,khompela, owen does us proud!!!! this forein morons are killing the standard of football in mzansi. luk where we are now, pirates and sundowns, chiefs and pirates , no mo that sparks that used to tick everywhere they played# verydissapointed#

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