As reported by FARPost earlier today, Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed the return of Stuart Baxter as their new head coach on a two-year deal with an option of an additional two years.
Baxter was the man in charge of the ‘Amakhosi’ team from 2012 to 2015 and during that period, the club clinched several trophies including 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,” said chairman Kaizer Motaung.
“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.”
The English coach parted ways with Chiefs in 2015 and went on to coach Genclerbirligi Ankara in Turkey. He then had a stint at SuperSport United and Odisha in India. At Bafana Bafana, he worked with Molefi Ntseki.
“It has been six years since Baxter 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 setup and will use the time to understand some of the players he’s not familiar with,” added Motaung.
“We need the coach to have enough time and prepare adequately for the new season. We did not have a decent pre-season due to Covid-19 and other factors last season, so we hope to use the Caf Champions League journey as a part of our preparation while trying to do well in the competition. It won’t be easy, but we believe the team and the technical staff around him will help with the transition.”
Chiefs stated that Baxter will commence his duties as soon as the paper work has been finalised and he will work with Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard as his assistants with support from Ntseki.
Zwane and Sheppard will also continue coaching the reserve side.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa