Ernst Middendorp, Kaizer Chiefs coach, is one of the most outspoken tacticians in the Premier Soccer League at this moment. His press conferences are never without controversy.
This German tactician, who has been around the country with various clubs, is in his second stint as Kaizer Chiefs coach. He arrived in December last year, to replace an Italian coach Giovanni Solinas.
After the disastrous end of the last season, where Kaizer Chiefs ended ninth on the PSL log, Middendorp was in a centre of attention. As Kaizer Chiefs lost in the Nedbank Cup to first division side TS Galaxy as well, their coach was expected to be the most tipped candidate to be sacked first this season.
Despite it, this 60-year-old didn’t let this bring him down. He stood resolute and, based solely on results, he is currently the safest with his side sitting on the very top of the Premier Soccer League standings with a six-point gap. If you are interested in Kaizer Chiefs history, you can find it on Soccer 10.
The beginning of Middendorp ‘s career
Ernst Middendorp enrolled in the University of Bielefeld, Germany in 1984, where he graduated in 1986 with a degree in economics, politics and history. After graduating, in 1987, he took computer courses at two institutions, where he earned another degree; special economics and computer studies. Later he studied to become a system analyst.
In 1996, he attained his UEFA Pro License from the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Köln. Four years later, he began studying communication and management in Berlin, where he studied until 2002. He coached professional football on the highest level for nearly 20 years in Europe, Asia and Africa. Having UEFA Pro License from the German Football Association gave him the possibility to experience has experience analyzing FIFA world cup tournaments as well as EURO tournament.
He started his professional coaching career in 1994 when he took over the DSC Arminia Bielefeld in the 3rd Bundesliga. At that time, the club has reached an immaculate improvement and Middendorp was selected as the “Coach of the Century”. He started coaching Kaizer Chiefs in 2005 and stayed at the position until 2007.
He went back to Arminia Bielefeld but ended up fired. After that, he moved to Chinese club Changchun Yatai but after one season he returned to Germany and signed a contract with Rot Weiss Essen. In 2009, he replaced the coach Gordon Igesund in Maritzburg United, then worked with Free State Stars before moving back to Chiefs.