Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has revealed two MAJOR disappointments for him during his second stint with the club.
Middendorp rejoined Chiefs in December 2018, taking over from Giovanni Solinas, but he finished ninth and made it to the Nedbank Cup final.
Chiefs lost that final 1-0 to minnows TS Galaxy, but the management stuck with Middendorp who then helped the team finish second on the log.
In fact, Chiefs looked set to dethrone Mamelodi Sundowns until the last game of the season when they drew 1-1 with Baroka FC to miss out on the league title.
Now, in an interview with iDiski Times, Middendorp revealed that his first major disappointment was when he was told in front of the whole team that finishing second was a disaster.
The second major disappointment for Middendorp was that Chiefs boss Dr Kaizer Motaung didn’t even say goodbye and shake hands with him when he was let go.
And for Middendorp, that’s not how he expected things to be between him and Motaung, and perhaps more so because he took the team from ninth and turned them into title contenders.
MIDDENDORP REVEALS TWO MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENTS AT KAIZER CHIEFS
“As I said in the book, it was a huge disappointment for me. There were two major disappointments for – the first I was told in front of the whole team that position two (on the log), despite CAF Champions League qualification, is ‘a disaster’,” revealed Middendorp.
“I had to listen to this in front of the whole team that moving from from ninth to second, battling with Sundowns until the last game of the season, was called ‘a disaster’. It did hurt me.”
“And also the second part that Kaizer Senior decided to not even say goodbye and we shake hands. I didn’t expect a thank you, but I feel this was not ‘gentlemen-like’,” he added.
“Up until this day, I haven’t found out why it needed to happen like this. But I’m not living in the past. So, now and today is important, and I made a tick behind it,” concluded Middendorp.