Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker has credited his stellar
performances this past season to the influence of coach Stuart Baxter
following the side's PSL and Nedbank Cup double.
According to the Football411 website, prior to Baxter's appointment ahead of the 2012/13 campaign,
Parker was struggling to hold down any sort of permanent role under
Vladimir Vermezovic, having joined Amakhosi in 2011 following a failed
stint at Dutch side FC Twente.
However, the English tactician's arrival at Naturena has seen the
Bafana Bafana ace rise to new heights, with his 12 Premiership goals
leading Chiefs to the league crown, while he also netted the extra-time
winner in the Ke Yona final against SuperSport United on Saturday.
And although Parker missed out on the Players' Player of the Year
award, as well as the Golden Boot award after finishing one goal behind
eventual winner Katlego Mashego, he is nevertheless delighted with his
season, and insists all his success is owed to Baxter.
"[At the start of the season] the coach came to me and said: 'I
have just come into the country but I've heard a lot about you and I've
seen you play, so I need you to know and understand your role. I need
you to understand when to express yourself on the field of play',"
Parker told Times Live.
"He tells me how important my role is to the team before every
single game and I've learnt a lot from him and I'm sure the other
players as well have learnt a lot from him.
"The coach is a man-manager, who speaks to players individually,
letting them know their role in the team and it all came together and we
"He's not only a coach, he's a teacher as well. He teaches you
certain things about the game and I'm sure, as Doctor Khumalo has been
saying, we will be stronger next season as we grow."