It is no secret that Ernest Middendorp holds Fadlu Davids in the high regard.
The two coaches worked well together at Maritzburg United for a number of years, and some would even say, Davids got his first head coaching job because of Middendorp.
The German admitted that he would not mind working with the young coach when he was unveiled as the replacement for Giovanni Solinas at Kaizer Chiefs last month.
He did however quickly remind everyone that Davids was still with Maritzburg United – a position he would vacate two weeks later.
So, it came as a surprise when Davids joined Orlando Pirates’ technical team last week.
For one, many see it as a demotion from the head coach position he held at Maritzburg, but more importantly, why would Middendorp let a man he considers a brilliant coach go to their Soweto rivals?