Absa Premiership

Maritzburg: No application from Ernst

2015-12-22 09:23
Ernst Middendorp (Supplied)

Cape Town - Maritzburg United say that they have not received a job application from former coach Ernst Middendorp. 

The German tactician on Monday resigned from his post at Free State Stars, fueling speculation that he was on his way back to the Midlands for a third stint at the Team of Choice. 

Maritzburg have gone through two coaches this season already - Mandla Ncikazi and Clive Barker - and are currently in the market for their third. 

While chairman Farouk Kadodia could not rule out the possibility of Middendorp returning to Harry Gwala Stadium, he confirmed to Sport24 on Tuesday that the club had not received a formal job application. 

But the truth is that there is not much more that Maritzburg need to know about Middendorp - they have seen the best and the worst of him during his time at the club. 

Hot-headed and passionate, Middendorp is a manager that might not always play the most attractive brand of football, but one who knows how top pick up log points. 

He can get a side defending as a compact unit quickly, and his teams are always very difficult to score against as a result. 

"The reality is that we need someone who can roll up his sleeves, work hard and get us results," Kadodia said.

And while Middendorp seems to fit that description perfectly, Kadodia said that he would not be rushed into making any decisions. 

"If I don't make the right decision now I can get buried," he said. 

"I need a bit of time. I need to see exactly what is happening ... to see exactly which people are available. We've been in a similar position before and we need to get this one right."

The earliest that Maritzburg will unveil there new coach is by the end of the week, with an announcement next week more likely.

United are rock bottom of the PSL table with one win and six points from 12 matches.

They are next in action when they travel to SuperSport United on January 10.

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