With a wry smile on his face, the Amakhosi coach added: “Hopefully, after having won two league titles and two cup trophies, a few perceptions about me have since changed.”
“It has been a wonderful three year journey,” Stuart Baxter said after it was announced at a Kaizer Chiefs press conference earlier today.
“When Bobby Motaung and I met in London three years ago to discuss joining Chiefs,” Baxter reflected, “the critics were already sharpening their knives with some feeling that I did not do well with Bafana Bafana. However, the Chairman and Bobby showed courage and appointed me as the Club’s coach at the time.”
“We worked together for three years,” commented Baxter about his decision to leave the Amakhosi. “It’s always difficult when you get to a point to leave a club. Tensions drive football clubs to be successful. However, it costs a lot of energy and when you can’t do that anymore, it’s time to stand down. We have agreed that this is the best solution.”
“If there is one thing that I regret, it’s that, due to the timing of this announcement, I haven’t yet been able to sit down with the players. I would still like to talk to them.”
“There is a lot of speculation about the way forward,” the coach mentioned about his own future. “I travelled to Turkey last week to talk with a club. However, the bottom line is that I don’t have anything else at the moment.”
“We part ways as friends,” concluded Baxter, “and friends usually meet again at some stage in the future.”