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Ernst Middendorp faced the media this week and flashed the kind of smile that would have landed him a deal at a toothpaste commercial casting call. It was the German’s first media engagement since his shock appointment as new Kaizer Chiefs coach a few days previously, but given that the members of the audience were the same people he’s had running battles with for several years, he could have been smiling at the wind. The man oozed charm at Chiefs’ Naturena headquarters, in the south of Johannesburg, on Monday and on any other day could have had the gathered gallery eating out of his hands. The journalists fired some uncomfortable questions to the German and he painstakingly answered all of them, not once giving hint to the fiery temper he has displayed since he first came to these shores in 2005. A little birdie told me his new employers instructed him to behave in his new surroundings and to understand that the club is nothing like the previous sides he has coached in SA — Maritzb...

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