This appointment carries both risk for the Chiefs hierarchy in that the fans could quickly turn on the coach if results are bad, and some resemblance of Middendorp being a safe pair of hands. Technically, he is an innovative, adaptable and forward-thinking coach, always looking to make adjustments of formation or players’ positions to get an edge. His recent spells also saw some players develop individually and attract the interest of bigger clubs – Zulu, Zuma, Buchanan, Morena, Mohomi, Japhta and Chabalala being a few examples. The coach has a pretty strong squad on paper, albeit with several key men ageing fast. Going on the evidence of his first game, and his most recent jobs in the PSL, he will get the side to look far more compact, playing good football in possession, and being deadly on the counter-attack especially. The defenders, who have been written off as error-ridden, bargain basement signings, could suddenly look like strong and reliable performers with a disciplined, narrow midfield structure to protect them. That was certainly the case in his first game at the helm. For Ernst to be considered a success this season at Chiefs, no fair-minded person can expect the title to be delivered from this position, or demand that he wins one of the two remaining trophies up for grabs after such a long drought. If he can improve the side though, refreshing some of the areas where the team has old legs, implement a better defensive and attacking game plan, and help Chiefs to finish in the top three or four places, he will have done a good job under the circumstances this season. The big question is, will the trophy-starved Chiefs fans have the patience to wait for success?