Ernst Middendorp to request Maahier Davids as assistant coach at Maritzburg United

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Middendorp is due to arrive in Pietermaritzburg today to begin talks with United with the intention to finalise a deal to return after resigning at Ethiopian side Saint George.

The Team of Choice are currently without a head coach after parting ways with Eric Tinkler this week and are expected to offer the former Amakhosi mentor the vacant position.

Maahier, who is the brother of Orlando Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids, is currently holding duties as caretaker coach for Saint George but could be making way back to South Africa soon, snl24.com/kickoff has been informed.

"Ernst Middendorp is expected to arrive in KwaZulu-Natal anytime from now to finalise talks with Maritzburg United," confirms a close source.

"One of the recommendations he is set to submit to Maritzburg United is to have Maahier as his first assistant coach. They worked together before and Middendorp has full trust and confidence in him."

Manqoba Mnqithi - Head coach at Golden Arrows to a
Manqoba Mnqithi - Head coach at Golden Arrows to assistant at Mamelodi Sundowns (now joint head coach)
Mandla Ncikazi - Head coach at Maritzburg United t
Mandla Ncikazi - Head coach at Maritzburg United to assistant at Golden Arrows (now head coach)
Fadlu Davids - Head coach at Maritzburg United to
Fadlu Davids - Head coach at Maritzburg United to assistant at Orlando Pirates
Bernard Molekwa - Head coach at Polokwane City to
Bernard Molekwa - Head coach at Polokwane City to assistant at same club
Rhulani Mokwena - Head coach at Orlando Pirates, C
Rhulani Mokwena - Head coach at Orlando Pirates, Chippa United to assistant (now joint head coach) at Mamelodi Sundowns
Patrick Mabedi - Head coach at Cape Town All Stars
Patrick Mabedi - Head coach at Cape Town All Stars to assistant at Chiefs
Allan Freese - Head coach at Platinum Stars to ass
Allan Freese - Head coach at Platinum Stars to assistant at Highlands Park and AmaZulu
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Duncan Lechesa - Head coach at Polokwane City, Mthatha Bucks to assistant at Free State Stars
Shaun Bartlett - Head coach at Arrows, AmaTuks to
Shaun Bartlett - Head coach at Arrows, AmaTuks to assistant at Kaizer Chiefs (both him and Ernst Middendorp now let go)
Cavin Johnson - Head coach at AmaZulu to assistant
Cavin Johnson - Head coach at AmaZulu to assistant to Pitso Mosimane at Al Ahly

Meanwhile, this website has gathered that the relationship between Eric Tinkler and Maritzburg started to sour after the club fired Vincent Kobola as his assistant coach.

United parted ways with Kobola at the end of October after he and Tinkler helped the club reach the Telkom Knockout final and secure a top-eight position last season.

Tinkler and Kobola enjoyed a great relationship since they started working together at Cape Town City, where the former Moroka Swallows defender was regarded as a key member of the dressing room.

"The decision by the club to fire Kobola put strain on the relationship between the club and coach Eric Tinkler, which had already started falling due to the poor start in the league this season," adds the source.

Rock-bottom Maritzburg are set to host SuperSport United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday (20h00) and will be desperate to pick up their first points of the DStv Premiership season.