Absa Premiership

Middendorp refusing to panic

2015-03-16 12:05
Ersnt Middendorp (Supplied)

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 performances.

However, he is not allowing himself to dwell on the disappointing run of results, choosing instead to focus on securing Chippa's league safety.

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 run away.

"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 achieve."

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.

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