Baxter in line for SuperSport job

Stuart Baxter, former head coach of Kaizer Chiefs. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

Stuart Baxter, former head coach of Kaizer Chiefs. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

Ex Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter is said to be in line for the SuperSport United coaching job, as the axe looms for beleaguered Gordon Igesund.

SuperSport United are said to be in contact with former Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter with a view of roping him to replace embattled coach Gordon Igesund.

Igesund is believed to be heading for the exit and the decision could have been taken following the club’s Telkom Knockout semifinal defeat to cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

The dethrowned Ziwa Mo incumbents have struggled to launch their Absa Premiership campaign under the leadership of former Bafana Bafana coach Igesund.

A source at the club has revealed that management were disappointed after hearing that one of their targets for the top job Ajax Cape Town coach Rodger de Sa signed a contract extension with the club.

“Rodger is one of the people the club wanted to bring on board,” said the source, “and they have now turned attention on Baxter.

“There are other people who have shown interest, others from overseas and this definitely confirms suspicion that Igesund’s job is on the line.”

The source further detailed how club chairman Khulu Sibiya has been one of the strongest voices calling for Igesund’s removal.

Igesund finds himself in a similar situation to that of former coach Cavin Johnson at the beginning of the 2014/15 season. Johnson was fired after losing three of his opening four league matches.

Prior to his sacking, Sibiya made it clear to Johnson that he wants him to deliver results, something that has been hard to come by under Igesund this term.

“You come, you must deliver and then you will stay, you come, you don’t deliver and you will go. I don’t fire people, they fire themselves. That’s how I work,” said Sibiya.

But Sibiya ealier told Igesund through the media that: “I want them to know that we mean business this season. Gordon has no excuses but to deliver. And delivering means the league title. We are spoiled having won [three] league titles, so we want that.

“He must not tell me the tools have broken down. He knows that he’s under tremendous pressure.”

The alleged calls for Igesund’s removal perhaps comes from the view that the club made significant signings before the start of the season that includes marquee acquisitions like Dean Furman, but it is yet to receive return on investment.

Igesund, who won last year’s edition of the Telkom Knockout weeks into his tenure, remained positive that the team has made a turn from their poor start.

Matsatsantsa a Pitori have won just two league games in their last 10 outings and currently sit on 12th spot on the Premiership table.

With the two-week-long Fifa international break, United will take this opportunity to rebuild although Igesund believes the break often hampers most team’s momentum.

Baxter, who was spotted in the country in September, won four major titles during his stay at Chiefs – two Absa Premiership titles, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8 Cup – in his three-year stay tenure.

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