Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp is encouraged by the early signs in his second tenure with the club.
Middendorp, who won the Absa Cup and SAA Supa8 when he first steered Amakhosi from July 2005 to March 2007, returned to Naturena last week following the sacking of Italian coach Giovanni Solinas.
The German oversaw a 1-0 league win over SuperSport United on Wednesday in his first assignment back at the helm of the Soweto giants.
Middendorp is not reading too much into the positive result, but likes what he is seeing from his men.
“I watched the players, how they do the job and how they are responding, and it is good,” Middendorp said.
“As coaches, it is always something that you want to see, moving forward and making progress. But I’m too long in this lovely soccer business. I know a line of progress, a line of work, a line of wherever you want to go, it is never straight.
“I’m not celebrating too much and I’m not too disappointed. I know that if you have a bigger frame to it then you must be aware of it. The line is not straight, it should be progress.”
Middendorp is determined to end Chiefs’ trophy drought, which has stretched into an unprecedented fourth season.
“Of course, it is a job to do on one side, but at this second I’m aware that I’m not always an easy person. Sometimes, I’m a little bit controversial and not everybody likes it. Sometimes I have some crazy ideas of positioning players. I’m aware of that.
“But I can only promise one target, to maximise the potential of the team and the performance level of Kaizer Chiefs. To be successful in the end, that’s my main job.
“You will understand that there is not too much capacity left to be busy with other stuff. I’m ready to put myself in this direction and it is quite a good feeling that the supporters are happy with everybody who is part of this team.”
The Glamour Boys, in fifth place on the log with 21 points from 15 games, next host Madagascar’s Elgeco Plus in a CAF Confederation Cup first round, first leg tie at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday (20h15).