Golden Arrows Axe Coach Zoran Filipovic & Appoint Ernst Middendorp

Another Premier Soccer League coach has been sacked, while the other is given a second bite of the cherry in Durban...

Lamontville Golden Arrows have parted ways with their coach Zoran Filipovic with just five League matches to go and Ernst Middendorp has taken over the reigns, Kickoff.com confirmed.

An unidentified club official confirmed that Middendorp is expected to assume his duties on the bench as soon his work permit is cleared. This often takes time, but with Abafana Bes'thende's next match on April 6 against SuperSport United, it should be through in time.

Filipovic, who coached the Montenegrin national team joined the Durban outfit at the start of the season, taking over from Manqoba Mngqithi who had jumped ship to KwaZulu-Natal rivals AmaZulu.

The club began like a house on fire winning five of their first eight fixtures and even sat in the top three for a time, but then their form dipped.

So far they have won just two of their previous 18 matches in all competitions, and none of their last nine in the League. They also exited the Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup in the first rounds.

The results were too much for Golden Arrows boss Mato Madlala and she has moved to put the recently available Middendorp in charge.

The German was relieved of his duties at Maritzburg United on March 11 after a run of just one win in 10 had left The Team of Choice on the brink of a relegation scrap.

Middendorp, who has also coached Kaizer Chiefs, has been tasked with leading Golden Arrows back into the top eight. They currently trail eighth-placed Free State Stars by four points with five games remaining in the season.


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