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Pollen: Middendorp failed Kaizer Chiefs before

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker legend Pollen Ndlanya believes the club erred in hiring Ernst Middendorp as he failed previously at Naturena.

Chiefs appointed Middendorp in December to take over from the hapless Italian Giovanni Solinas, and, despite an initial improvement in fortunes, the Glamour Boys have struggled.

Finishing outside the MTN8 places in ninth position was further compounded with a Nedbank Cup final loss to National First Division minnows TS Galaxy.

As such, Ndlanya, who played for the Soweto giants over two spells in 1990/91 and 1994 until 1996, takes the view that the German isn't the right choice at Naturena.

He told reporters: "You know, the coach also contributes. Because you can give them the quality players, you can buy them a Ferrari, but they can sometimes not know how to drive it.

"Players and coaches need to complement each other. We know Pep Guardiola is a good coach [at Manchester City], and he buys quality players.

"But; I must say this openly, Middendorp failed Kaizer Chiefs before, but they still brought him back. Really, on a serious note, that me for shows that you are confused.

"If you want a way forward you get a quality coach, you sit down with the coach and you say, 'Which players do you want?' Then you do it step by step."

Middendorp won two trophies from 2005 until 2007 in his first stint but was let go after struggling in the Premiership.