Stuart Baxter appointed as Kaizer Chiefs head coach

Stuart Baxter appointed as Kaizer Chiefs head coach
Stuart Baxter

by Bertin Basson

Wednesday Jun 09, 2021. 17:22

Former Bafana Bafana boss Stuart Baxter has returned to Kaizer Chiefs for a second stint at the club.

On Wednesday, the Amakhosi confirmed Baxter as their new head coach after parting ways with Gavin Hunt at the end of May.

The 67-year-old has signed a two-year contract plus a two-year option as the coach of Amakhosi’s first team.

The Englishman is no stranger to Chiefs and was in charge of the club from 2012 to 2015. During his first stint with the Glamour Boys, he won two league titles in 2012/13 and 2014/15, the Nedbank Cup in 2012/13 and MTN8 during the 2014/15 season.

“We believe we are on track with the changes we have made so far in the coaching and technical department after a challenging season domestically,” Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung said, referring to the appointment of Baxter and Molefi Ntseki as Head of Technical and Youth Development Academy, as per the club’s official website.

“After extensive reviews and consultations, we decided to appoint Stuart because we believe he is one coach who understands our philosophy and culture. We know his work ethic and believe he will work with the team we have at the moment while trying to rebuild and ensure we have a formidable side for the new season.”

After leaving Chiefs in 2015, Baxter coached in Turkey, India and England while he spent time at SuperSport United before serving as Bafana Bafana head coach for two years.

“It has been six years since Stuart left Chiefs after winning the league trophy in 2015, but he departed on good terms and remains a well-liked figure by many supporters, colleagues and some of the players he coached at the time. We believe he will be able to work within our current set up and will use the time to understand some of the players he’s not familiar with,” Motaung added.

Baxter will work with Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard as his assistants, with support from Ntseki. The duo of Zwane and Sheppard will also continue coaching the club’s reserve side.

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