CONFIRMED | Stuart Baxter returns to Kaizer Chiefs for second stint as head coach

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Stuart Baxter (Supplied by Kaizer Chiefs Twitter account)
Stuart Baxter (Supplied by Kaizer Chiefs Twitter account)

Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Stuart Baxter as head coach of the Soweto giants on a two-year contract.

The 67-year-old returns to Naturena for a second stint as he previously held the same position between 2012 and 2015.

During his first spell at the club, the former Bafana Bafana mentor picked up four major titles, which was the last time Amakhosi celebrated silverware.

The Scot will replace Gavin Hunt, who the club sacked late last month following a dismal domestic campaign.

After leaving Chiefs in 2015, Baxter went on to coach SuperSport United, Bafana Bafana and was recently fired by Indian Super League club Odisha FC earlier this year for making inappropriate comments about rape.

At the national team, he worked with Molefi Ntseki, who was last month appointed as Amakhosi's head of technical and youth development.

"We believe we are on track with the changes we have made so far in the coaching and technical department after a challenging season domestically," chairperson Kaizer Motaung said in a statement.

"After extensive reviews and consultations, we decided to appoint Stuart because we believe he is one coach who understands our philosophy and culture.

"We know his work ethic and believe he will work with the team we have at the moment while trying to rebuild and ensure we have a formidable side for the new season."

Motaung added: "It has been six years since Stuart left Chiefs after winning the league trophy in 2015, but he departed on good terms and remained a well-liked figure by many supporters, colleagues and some of the players he coached at the time.

"We believe he will be able to work within our current set-up and will use the time to understand some of the players he's not familiar with.

"We need the coach to have enough time and prepare adequately for the new season.

"We did not have a decent pre-season due to Covid-19 and other factors last season, so we hope to use the CAF Champions League journey as a part of our preparation while trying to do well in the competition.

"It won't be easy, but we believe the team and the technical staff around him will help with the transition."

Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard maintain their positions assistant coaches to Baxter while getting the necessary support from Ntseki, the club revealed. 

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