JOHANNESBURG – Kaizer Chiefs confirm the departure of head coach Stuart Baxter on Thursday, with seven games to go.
Baxter made a sensational return to Amakhosi as the last coach to have won silverware with the Phefeni Glamor Boys.
The 68-year-old’s second spell at the club was met with criticism, as the Chiefs faithful did not understand the ‘Englishman’s’ tactical approach of playing five or six defenders.
Amakhosi supporters grew frustrated when young and exciting players like Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Happy Mashiane, Njabulo Ngcobo, and Kgaogelo Sekgota were excluded from the starting eleven.
The Abafana bokuthula noxolo supporters chanted “Baxter must go” in their 1-0 loss to Supersport United at FNB Stadium last weekend (16 April 2022).
During the post-match interview, Baxter said if the fans want him out he will vacate.
“If the supporters want me to go I will go. I am the only coach to bring success to this team in the past 20 years,” Baxter said.
The comments by the coach are believed to be part of the reasons that could have led to him being shown the door.
In a statement, the club confirmed the reports which made rounds on Thursday, stating that they released the Scottish-born football manager after a series of meetings.
Club Statement on Stuart Baxter
After a series of meetings, Kaizer Chiefs and coach Stuart Baxter have come to a mutual agreement of an early termination of his contract with immediate effect.
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) April 21, 2022
In his return to the Naturena-based outfit, Baxter led the Glamor Boys in 23 matches, winning 9, drawing 6, and losing 8 games in the DSTv Premiership.
Assistant coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard are expected to lead Amakhosi’s sidelines until the end of the current season.
Former Orlando Pirates striker Jerry Skhosana thinks Chiefs should appoint local coaches.
He endorses the appointment of assistant coaches Zwane and Sheppard.
“Let’s give local coaches a chance. We know what happened when Arthur Zwane and Dillon were coaches, they went all the way to the CAF Champions League final, and unfortunately, Baxter was brought in and they lost the final before they could make a star for themselves, “Skhosana said.
The former Pirates target man added that Amakhosi have enough in their squad, but just lack unity.
“There is a lot of quality in the team, they just need someone to bring unity and excitement to the team.”
The two assistant coaches will be out to prove themselves worthy of appointment beyond this season.
Their first test will be against Stellenbosch FC on Saturday, who have already snatched 3 points from Amakhosi last year.
BY: ADMIRE MALULEKE