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Kaizer Chiefs have 'no knowledge' of plans to sack Gavin Hunt and re-sign Stuart Baxter

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Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)
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Kaizer Chiefs were on Wednesday morning reported to be on the verge of sacking head coach Gavin Hunt, with former boss Stuart Baxter seemingly waiting in the wings as his replacement.

A report on the iDiski Times website claimed that Chiefs could bring back Baxter following the club's torrid domestic form under Hunt's tutelage.

Amakhosi are heading into their sixth year without a major trophy, and Baxter was the last coach to guide the side to silverware.

During his first spell at the club, between 2012 and 2015, the former Bafana Bafana coach picked up four major titles.

Sport24 has learned that Baxter is in the country and he was recently spotted at a restaurant with veteran Amakhosi midfielder Willard Katsande.

Attempts were made to reach out to Baxter's representative, Steve Kapeluschnick, but there was no response.

Speaking to this publication, Amakhosi corporate communications manager Vina Maphosa said he had no knowledge of the questions posed to him by Sport24 about the widespread rumours.

"Apologies, no knowledge of your questions. Focus is on the match this afternoon," he said.

Chiefs are scheduled to meet Swallows FC in a midweek Soweto derby DStv Premiership encounter on Wednesday (kick-off is at 17:00).

Howbeit, if Amakhosi do sack Hunt, it will end the former SuperSport United mentor's rein at the club in under a year.

The 56-year-old inked a three-year deal with Amakhosi in October last year after the club parted ways with Ernst Middendorp.

While Middendorp landed on his feet at Maritzburg United several months later to help salvage the KwaZulu-Natal's top-flight status, Hunt has undergone a tumultuous first campaign at Chiefs.

Amakhosi, who was seeking to recover from last season's disappointment, came swooping in with hopes that the four-time PSL-winning coach could lead the Soweto giants to league glory.

Despite bagging a CAF Champions League knockout spot against Tanzania's Simba SC, scheduled for Saturday, Amakhosi have experienced a turbulent 2020/21 campaign.

The club currently languishes five points adrift of the relegation zone in ninth position with only four DStv Premiership games remaining.

In his first season as head coach, Hunt seems to be undergoing many challenges as he inherited a side that lost the league title to Mamelodi Sundowns on the final matchday last season.

Chiefs were also hit hard by their FIFA transfer ban, barring them from signing players this season.

Adding to that, fuming Amakhosi fans are scheduled to protest at the club's famous headquarters, Naturena, on Friday.

The Glamour Boys' fans are furious with the current state of the club and are seeking answers, with the protest organisers set to hand over a memorandum to the Amakhosi management.

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