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Barker Points To Baxter Mistake

Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker believes Stuart Baxter should not have apologised to fans after his side’s 4-1 thrashing to Royal AM.

Baxter experienced his first heavy defeat since returning to Naturena, seeing his Chiefs side lose 4-1 to Royal AM on Saturday.

The heavy defeat was only the second time in Baxter’s two stints at Chiefs that the club conceded four goals, the other being his first match in charge against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Baxter, himself, apologised to the club’s fans after the heavy defeat, in particular for the final 10 minutes, but Barker insisted he shouldn’t have done that.

“One other thing I didn’t like is when he (Baxter) apologised to the supporters,” Barker tells Kick Off.

“I mean, you must never apologise to the supporters because they will expect you to do that every time.

“So I thought it was a silly thing to apologise, saying ‘I’m sorry for the performance’. He must just sit back and coach the players and not make any excuses.’”

Barker also explained that he believes Chiefs have lost some of their fear factor and dominance in SA football.

“They used to be one of the main contenders for the league and cups,” he added.

“I remember the days when we used to walk down a stadium’s corridors, and by just looking at them, you knew something was going to happen that day, now things have changed.

“If you were playing in a cup match, you always wanted to play Chiefs because they gave you a good atmosphere, but the control and the domination in the Chiefs players is no longer there.

“So that has changed. In the past, you were one-nil down to Chiefs before it even started. That has turned around over the years.

“Which is a sad thing because this is not a good Kaizer Chiefs side. They no longer dominate as they used to.”

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