Kaizer Chiefs coach hits back at critics: 'I came into the club with no pre-season'

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Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)
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Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter says he;s constantly under pressure to deliver what no coach has done in the last eight years: get the club back to winning titles.

Amakhosi have only collected six points from six DStv Premiership matches and find themselves at the bottom half of the log in 12th position.

Meanwhile, Baxter and his charges were also knocked out of the MTN 8 Cup following their penalty shootout defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Baxter was probed whether he is feeling any pressure that his job is on the line after Chiefs' slow start to the 2021/22 campaign.

"Social media and what people think changes so quickly. I came into the club with no pre-season, we have played six league games and you are asking me if my job is under pressure?" Baxter said.

"I am the only coach who has won anything for Chiefs in the last eight years and you are asking me if my job is under pressure? It is a fast tsunami that can pick up nowadays.

"Sometimes clubs make good decisions and sometimes they make bad ones. But in the real football world you would think you need to have a bit more time and patience."

Baxter continued: "Gavin Hunt, Stuart Baxter, Ernst Middendorp, every Kaizer Chiefs coach we know, every day they are under pressure. And I have sympathy with every coach.

"Every coach who is relieved of his duties has more to offer. Not everyone is working at Manchester City in a virtual perfect world.

"In every job there are restrictions, unlucky happenings with injuries, there is the pandemic, the locking of supporters out of stadiums.

"A coach can be relieved of his duties and can not have done anything wrong."

Chiefs are back in action on Saturday against Chippa United as the DStv Premiership resumes.

Kick-off is at 17:00.

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