Amid media reports about the sacking of the Bloemfontein Celtic Coach (Ernst Middendorp), the club has strongly nullified such reports as malicious and boldly pledged its support towards the coach and his technical team.
After being knocked out of the Last-16 in the Telkom Knockout Cup by the ailing Amazulu on Saturday night, various media houses started predicting the end to the relationship between the coach and the team hence a press conference was called earlier today ( 06 October) at Siwelele Park to dispute the misleading information and also put the record straight.
Responding to some of the questions from the media Celtic Chairman, Max Tshabalala said “We are here to re-affirm our support to the coaching staff, Yes! There is a huge concern about recent results but that does not warrant us to fire the coach.
Ernst explained his challenges, citing lack of attacking minded players as one of the reasons. We instantaneously acted with the acquisition of both Lethola Mofokeng and an exciting midfield in Paulos Kgoadi making sure we give him all the necessary support,” he concluded.
On being asked about the alleged lack of discipline in the team, the Mangaung born businessman answered: “We are fully aware that the team is negatively affected by the suspensions (and red card bookings) accumulated by players in our past three games. We will address the situation but again in real life when things are not going well people tend to make unnecessary mistakes and that is exactly what is happening with our players.”
The club will make an announcement when it has acquired additional players that the technical team has identified to bolster the squad.
Bloemfontein Celtic will host Kaizer Chiefs in the Sparta-Macufe-Cup this weekend at the Free State Stadium.