Kaizer Chiefs extends Stuart Baxter’s stay

2013-12-12 16:09

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Kaizer Chiefs and coach Stuart Baxter have agreed to continue their relationship for another two years, extending his stay at Naturena to 2016.

The official Chiefs website said the two parties had agreed to the terms this afternoon.

Executive chairperson Kaizer Motaung, football manager Bobby Motaung and Baxter expressed delight at the turn of events from the boardroom of the Chiefs headquarters.

“It was imperative for us to renew and extend the contract because it is all about continuity and continuing with our goals. Continuity is important in this kind of set-up. We are delighted that we could extend the relationship.

“The contract is extended for another two years. It means we will be able to achieve much more and be able to reach our goals according to the plans that we have set for the club.

“In this kind of business, you need to be able to look not only at today, but how you progress into the future. It is about sustainability. It is a journey full of challenges and we have to be ready for the challenges ahead,” said Motaung.

“Football in the modern era is very often about quick fixes and I think agreeing on continuation means that Chiefs would like to build something that will last a long time. My mentor, former Manchester City coach Malcolm Allison, told me years ago: ‘Success is not about how many trophies or medals you can put in your cabinet. Success is about affecting people in a positive way and gaining people’s respect.’ I heard that the late Nelson Mandela also said it.

“When we won the double last season, I saw how many people we had affected. I would like to see us continuing to affect people positively and stimulating people to stretch themselves even further,” said a delighted Baxter.

Motaung and Baxter shook hands in front of a Chiefs replica jersey with Mandela’s image on it and signed by the late icon himself when he visited Naturena on April 5 2002.

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