Maritzburg United have confirmed that they have parted ways with German coach Ernst Middendorp, as previously reported by iDiski Times.
The Team of Choice made the surprise decision to part ways with the 63-year-old, who already confirmed the news to this publication on Tuesday evening, ending his fourth stint with the club.
The decision came somewhat surprisingly after Middendorp steered a much-changed Martizburg squad which lost several key players and were left with an ageing team, to safety in the 2021/22 campaign.
“Maritzburg United Football Club can confirm that the Club have parted ways with head Coach Ernst Middendorp with immediate effect,” the club stated on Wednesday.
“Middendorp, who re-joined the club in November 2020, had most recently guided the Team of Choice to an underwhelming 12th place position in the 2021/2022 DStv Premiership season which saw the Team of Choice battle relegation for much of the season.
Chairman, Farook Kadodia said: “At a post season board meeting, the directors had expressed their disappointment at the club’s on field performances over the past 24 months together with the high turnover rate of new player signings during this period.
“As a club, we have invested lot in football development more especially in the last two years and the board felt that we cannot be continually fighting relegation. We have therefore taken a decision to take a new route going forward and assemble a team that will bear fruition over the next three year period and have thus parted ways with Ernst.”
“The Club would like to thank Ernst for his contributions to the Club in different spells over a 13 year period and would like to wish Ernst all the best in his future endeavours.”
The Club will make announcements regarding the new head coach in due course.