Absa Premiership

Baxter lifts lid on Chiefs exit

2015-09-14 13:39
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has no regrets about leaving the Soweto club at the end of last season, even after a failed stint at Genclerbirligi.

Baxter departed Naturena at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, having steered his side to the league title and MTN8 crown.

His decision to part ways with Chiefs left many scratching their heads in confusion, largely due to the fact Amakhosi had enjoyed a successful season under his stewardship.

However, Baxter was also criticised after being linked with the out-of-contract trio of Itumeleng Khune, Tefu Mashamaite and Mandla Masango, with reports suggesting he was looking to bring the aforementioned players with him to Genclerbirligi.

That never came to pass, though, and Baxter endured torrid time in Turkey, overseeing just two matches before being sacked by the club.

"I thought it was the right time (to leave), and I thought that for a few reasons," Baxter told Soccer Laduma.

"People who thought I had Turkey lined up and was plotting to take Itu (Khune), Tefu (Mashamaite) and Mandla (Masango) with me were totally wrong.

"What's happened now proves the case. I left Chiefs and the Genclerbirligi job was separate to that."

Baxter also reflected on the reasons for his departure, but refused to go into too much detail.

"I left Chiefs for a number of reasons, one being that I felt that it was the right time," he added.

"Chiefs wanted to work the way they did, and there's nothing wrong with that, but it was just getting to the point where I couldn't put all my weight behind it (Chiefs) anymore."

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