‘EMPLOYING MIDDENDORP AS COACH A TEMPORARY MEASURE’
JFormer Kaizer Chiefs defender Rudolph Seale says he saw coach Giovanni Solinas’ departure coming, but he laments the timing of the Italian’s sacking.
Amakhosi announced the former Free State Stars mentor’s sacking on Friday and i mmediately appointed Ernst Middendorp as he returned to lead the Soweto giants.
“I saw it coming, but it has happened when time is no longer on their side. I think they are still looking for a good coach to challenge for trophies in my opinion,” Seale told Goal.
“For now, this is all about doing damage control and no ambitions of challenging for the league title, things are not looking good now especially after playing 14 games and sitting at the number seven,” he added.
“I don’t think we have a chance to win a trophy as Chiefs because this is all about employing someone who is better than Solinas. To be honest I don’t understand why Ernst. I was hoping for someone new, with a new philosophy because Middendorp has been at the club, been around at clubs such as Free State Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United – it’s just recycling coaches,” lamented the legend. “This is not a permanent move or appointment, but a temporary measure in my opinion. I think someone with a track record of winning trophies is needed especially someone who has won the league,” he added. Speaking about going forward, Amakhosi are out of the race to win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) trophy, but have a chance to challenge for the CAF Confederation Cup and the Nedbank Cup titles. However, the former left back believes there are slim chances to go for the two trophies, but says miracles do happen in football where the unexpected can happen. Moreover, he said there are too many youngsters in the Chiefs squad and said it’s only a few of experienced players such as Itumeleng Khune and Bernard Parker who can instil discipline and fear when it comes to donning and giving all for the gold and black jersey.
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