CAPE TOWN - Bafana Bafana and former Kaizer Chiefs head coach, Stuart Baxter, believes the club will have to look at several factors when selecting a new boss.
Chiefs have been without a permanent coach since Steve Komphela resigned in April, in the immediate aftermath of the team’s Nedbank Cup semi-final loss to Free State Stars and the fan riots which followed at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Baxter coached Chiefs from 20012 to 2015, winning the Nedbank Cup, MTN8 and two Premier League titles in what was the club’s most successful period in recent years. The Scotsman recently appeared on Y2TV and was asked what it took to achieve at a club the size of Chiefs.
“I think when clubs choose their coaches, many times they don’t think ‘is that coach who can coach at this club?’ They ask ‘is that a good coach?’,” Baxter told presenter Brandon Baatjies during the interview. “And I think also the coaches don’t say ‘am I an appropriate coach for that club’, because they’re so flattered they just take the job. The coach needs to ask himself; ‘Can I deal with the pressure, can I produce a brand of football the people want to see and can I win things?’
Baxter was replaced by Komphela, but the former Bafana defender was unable to build on his predecessor’s success. Chiefs are now rumoured trying to lure Baxter back to Naturena.
“Don’t just think ‘Can I pick up that cheque at the end of the month?’, because that’s doomed to failure. And the club needs to look at the same thing; ‘Is this coach one that will handle the pressure, will handle these big players, will he be able to produce younger players? Will he be able to give us trophies?” Baxter concluded.