In April, it was dramatically confirmed that Stuart Baxter – who was in his second stint with Kaizer Chiefs – had been officially fired by Amakhosi.
Kaizer Chiefs embarrassingly crashed out of the Nedbank Cup earlier this season after they underperformed in the DStv Premiership only to find themselves stuck in fifth when Baxter was let go.
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In an exclusive interview with SABC SportsBaxter said afterwards that he actually thought the team could have bounced back to finish second in the Premiership.
One of the saddest scenes last season involved watching fans yelling profanity at Baxter and demanding that he be fired, which happened just before he was officially let go.
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All of this was in stark contrast to his first stint with the team between 2012 and 2015, which included four trophies and two league titles.
Baxter was recently linked with the AmaZulu job, but Brandon Truter is expected to be named head coach instead.
In the latest issue of iDiski TimesBaxter admits it may have been a mistake to return to the Chiefs, but insists he hasn’t given up on the prospect of finding a new coaching job in South Africa.
“I had some approaches that I considered,” he said iDiski Times (you can read the full interview here).
“You try to think ‘well, is it better that I go straight back to work or should I relax for a while and make sure I don’t make a bad decision.’
“But then you do that and in three or four months you don’t have an offer. So you kind of find yourself wishing you had taken this one a few months ago…
“As long as I have the passion to want to stand up to those arrows and bullets that are fired at you if you fail in the field, then I want to do that. Because I want to do that for as long as I can,” a- he added.
“What I don’t want is a rash decision, Arsene (Wenger) warned me to be stubborn because he had thought about it many times at Arsenal.
“I said, ‘I’ll look at myself, I’ll say, is there really the passion to carry on? Because if there is, I’m fit, I’m alert and there’s no reason (for me to stop).
“I mean, I understand the modern game. I’m not locked into a 4-4-2 of 15, 20 years ago, and I know how to adapt. I went with the game and the developments that happen in the game, I’m well addressed in that.
“I am still well equipped to stay in South Africa. After my experience with Chiefs, it would have to be a project I thought I could get my teeth into, which I understand.
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