Cape Town -
SuperSport United has confirmed the parting of ways with Gordon
Igesund with immediate effect.
agreed to an early termination following Matsatsantsa advising Igesund that his
contract, which expires at the end of the season, would not be renewed.
also confirmed that former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter
would be brought in to replace Igesund.
Baxter will be taking up his coaching
duties pending the finalization of his work permit and current assistant coach
Kaitano Tembo and Academy Technical Director Kwanele Kopo will take interim
charge of the team until Baxter is cleared for duty.
Both Tembo and Kopo will
remain as assistant coaches until the end of the season.
joined SuperSport United in September 2014 and soon went on to win the Telkom
Cup and secure a top six finish for the club.
However, the team's results this
season have been below expectations with the team languishing in the bottom
half of the table at the halfway mark, prompting the parties to go their
a sad day for me as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at SuperSport United,
working with an incredibly professional club and group of people, but I
honestly felt that it was in the best interests of the football club that I
move on prior to the end of my contract to afford a new coach the opportunity
to work with this group of players as soon as possible," said Igesund.
"I am not
content, as I would have liked to achieve more but I am pleased to have been
able to win a trophy for the club in my relatively short time in charge.
is the reality of football worldwide and I wish SuperSport and the players all
the best in their future endeavours,” concluded the former Bafana Bafana
Stan Matthews expressed his appreciation for Igesund's contribution to the club
saying, "Gordon turned our fortunes around last season and ensured his
legacy at the Club because by winning the Telkom Cup we became one of the few
clubs in history to win a clean sweep of domestic trophies.
remain appreciative of that as well as for the way he has been as a coach and
an ambassador with our stakeholders and sponsors.
"He is a thorough
the results and player performances have not matched our expectations and we
felt it fair to tell Gordon early that we are looking to the future for next
season and beyond," concluded Matthews.
guided Kaizer Chiefs to two league titles in three seasons and also added the
Nedbank Cup and MTN 8 to the Amakhosi trophy cabinet.