Maritzburg confirms Middendorp as new coach

Sphiwe Masilela

Ernst Middendorp has been confirmed as the new Maritzburg United head coach.

The Team of Choice booted Eric Tinkler on Monday morning following a string of poor results. 

It’s Middendorp’s third return to the Maritzburg-based team, having been at the helm on two previous occasions.

The German nearly guided Kaizer Chiefs to a league title but lost the title chase to reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns. 

On their Twitter account, United said: “Welcome home. Ernst Middendorp is back at the Team of Choice”. 

The German-born coach is now tasked with getting United in the bottom of the DStv Premier League. 

His first hurdle is against on-form Supersport United at the Harry Gwala tomorrow (Friday) night.

Middendorp’s rumours of returning to the club reached boiling point when he requested to be released from his three-year contract with Ethiopian giants Saint George Sports Club. 

After four games in the league, Maritzburg is rooted in the bottom of the log without a point.

The Team of Choice have now gone 11 games without a victory which backs to the bio-bubble league which was held to finish up the 2019/2020 campaign.

Picture source: @MaritzburgUtd