Prior to their mishap against Baroka, Chiefs had begun to look more like a team headed in the right direction, with arguably one of their best performances in recent history against Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal.
Amakhosi supporters took to social media thereafter to rave over their team’s showing and progression to a cup semi-final, while some who were sceptic over Middendorp’s return even conceded that he could be the right man to lead the club forward.
Likewise, many have since taken to the public platform to slam his selection and approach against Bakgaga, but the German tactician insisted he has never been interested to know what is being said on social media and, apart from using Facebook as a medium of research, doesn’t bother reading opinions over himself or the team.
“I actually, whether you believe or not, don’t read or go to social media. I have my Facebook relationships in terms of getting information where I think there is value, with a Facebook friend. If I don’t see value, I kick him out or don’t be connected. I’m not really [active on social media],” said Middendorp.
“I think that’s probably the best way. Our guys here are following the social media and if there’s something I have to [address], they tell me and that’s it, I’m busy with other things.
“But, of course, I think it works better for everybody if we as a brand stick together with the supporters, sponsors, management, technical team and players to really come back to be a force and a unit on and off the field, then you can achieve something.
“It’s definitely something to which each and everybody is contributing to – getting the right direction and getting back, probably, the respect in the soccer industry and society in South Africa, and probably even outside South Africa too – that’s our target.”