Kaizer Chiefs call Stuart Baxter to the helm

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter before the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations Qualifying match between South Africa and Ghana at FNB Stadium. (Getty)

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter before the 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations Qualifying match between South Africa and Ghana at FNB Stadium. (Getty)

“It’s a great pleasure to announce Stuart Baxter as the new Kaizer Chiefs coach,” Chiefs executive chairperson Kaizer Motaung said in a statement on the club’s website on Monday.

“He will fit in well into our strategy going forward because of his great wealth of knowledge at the club, national team and at an international level ... His expertise as far as mentoring coaches as a coaching instructor will assist us in developing our own coaches and will also help a great deal in developing our youth academy.”

Baxter replaces Serb Vladimir Vermezovic who was sacked last month after a string of poor results.

The Amakhosi are sixth in the league standings and are out of the title race with two games left in the season.

“I’m very happy to be taking up this challenging but exciting project at Kaizer Chiefs,” Baxter said in the statement.

His coaching career has extensively been in the Scandinavian countries, while also managing clubs in Portugal and Japan.

At national level, Baxter coached the England Under-19 side, Bafana and the Finnish national team.

The 58-year-old left the latter post two years ago, and has not coached any side since. — Sapa

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