Kaizer Chiefs football club has appointed a new coach after Giovanni Solinas quit halfway through his first season in charge.

A Chiefs statement said there had been an “amicable termination of the contract with immediate effect”.

In a statement on their twitter page Kaizer Chiefs announced the appointment of Ernst Middendorp as the new head coach with a deal for the next two and a half years.

Middendorp is back for his second stint at Amakhosi having been at the helm from 2005 to 2007.

Solinas has still not seen out a season in South Africa during his three tenures as coach, twice with Free State stars and now with Chiefs.

Chiefs are currently seventh on the log, 6 points adrift of Pirates at the top of the log.

Chiefs under Solinas also lost twice to Pirates this season – once in the league and once in the Cup.

According to the Club, assistant coach Patrick Mabedi’s contract has also been terminated.