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12.12.2007 Football News

Former Kotoko boss Middendorp fired by Bielefeld

By ghanasoccernet
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Former Kotoko coach Ernst Middendorp was fired by German side Arminia Bielefeld on Monday, three days after the team lost 6-1 at Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

Middendorp, also a former coach of Hearts of Oak, was in his third stint as coach of Bielefeld.

He arrived in March and helped the club escape relegation at the end of last season.

His contract was due to expire at the end of the season.

After 16 rounds, Bielefeld is one spot and one point away from the relegation zone.

It is winless in seven games on the road, a run that included an 8-1 defeat at Werder Bremen.

Friday's loss at Dortmund was Bielefeld's ninth this season.

The coach sharply criticized the club's management and several players after the game.

Middendorp also coached Bielefeld between 1988-90, and for another four years starting in August 1994.

Shortly before signing for his third stint, he had been fired by South African club Kaizer Chiefs after coaching Hearts and Kotoko in Ghana.

Middendorp officially holds the title of Bielefeld's "coach of the century" for past achievements.

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