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Middendorp returns to Maritzburg for a third time

He left the Free State, citing he was dissatisfied with the lack of quality PSL players in the squad.

Ernst Middendorp. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Former Free State Stars coach Ernst Middendorp has found himself a job again in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), this time for another stint with Maritzburg United.

Middendorp left the Free State outfit a week ago, citing that he was dissatisfied with the lack of quality PSL players in the squad, despite keeping the side out of the relegation zone after 12 games.

The German coach returns to the KwaZulu-Natal side for the third time.

This follows stints in 2009 to 2011 and again, for a year, between 2012 and 2013 taking over after the side was without a head coach for over the month, since the sacking of Clive Barker in November.

This is Middendorp's eighth different coaching role in South Africa, three of them with Maritzburg, one with Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows, Bloemfontein Celtic, Chippa United and recently with Stars.

In total, Middendorp has changed jobs 23 times, including stints in West Africa and his native Germany.

Maritzburg will begin 2016 rooted to the bottom of the log with six points from 12 games.