South African top-flight club Maritzburg United have parted ways with head coach Ernst Middendorp via mutual consent.
The ace tactician thus ends his third spell at the club.
The decision comes as a shock after steering a much-changed Martizburg squad which lost several key players and were left with an ageing squad, to safety in the 2021/22 campaign.
Eight players were subsequently released last week which signalled a potential squad rebuild in the upcoming window, but it will be without the German tactician.
iDiski Times can confirm that the club have already been offered coaches to replace Middendorp but indications are that they want to take a local route.
When this website contacted Maritzburg Football and Operations Manager Quinton Jetoo for comment he stated that he is on holiday and knows nothing about the news.
The German’s latest stint with the club since succeeding Eric Tinkler in November 2022 lasted 59 games, with a record of 15 wins, 19 draws and 25 defeats.