Maritzburg Chairman Farook Kadodia is looking forward to having The German coach back at the club and feels he’s the perfect appointment for the current situation which the team finds itself in.
“We extend a warm welcome home to Ernst and we look forward to renewing what has always been an amicable relationship,” the Chairman said.
“At this point, after a tough start to the season, some stability is crucial. With Ernst knowing the club inside out, understanding the culture of the team, we are confident that he’s the best man for the job and will be able to hit the ground running.
“We believe his temperament, his intricate knowledge of our club, and his vast experience over many years in the Premier Soccer League, is what the team needs right now.
“We trust that together with Ernst, everyone at the club will work hard and pull together in the same direction to get this season back on track.”
The Team of Choice’s relationship with coach Ernst started back in November 2009, when he arrived for his first spell in the KwaZulu-Natal Capital City.
His second stint was between January 2012 and October 2013 and the third was from December 2015 until November 2016. That third term in charge was particularly memorable for Middendorp’s leadership in helping the team escape relegation on the final day of the 2015/ 16 campaign.
In the interim since last leaving United, Middendorp worked at Bangkok United in Thailand, at Kaizer Chiefs, and at Saint George, the Ethiopian giants.