Middendorp's future on the line


The German online soccer site, Kicker, reports that the sands of time are running out for Middendorp and that his dismissal could be soon.

Kicker adds that the club’s Board of Directors are to meet on the matter, but their decision is unlikely to be unanimous as Middendorp was named Bielefeld’s Coach of the Century in 2005.

This is the 48-year-old coach’s third spell at the Westphalia outfit. He was with them from 1988 to 1990 and then again from 1994 -98 during which time he lifted the club from the regional league to the Bundesliga.

His current contract was recently extended until 2009.

Soon after his return from South Africa, Middendorp added Amakhosi goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez and Siyabonga Nkosi to the squad that already features Sibusiso Zuma and led the team to four victories but since then Bielefeld have failed to win a match.