Baxter’s First Words As Chiefs Coach
Stuart Baxter says a lot has changed since his last time at Kaizer Chiefs, and he’s ready for an interesting challenge at the club.
The former Bafana Bafana coach says that the coaches who have been at the club before him were good coaches, so he’s not going to dismantle everything they’ve built, but he will rather be trying to find a balance and also rebuild the team’s culture.
Baxter adds that the DStv Premiership has moved forward since the last time he was in charge, but he’s ready for the challenge to get Chiefs back to where they were.
“Well, I think it’s important that the people understand that the coaches that have been here before me, they’re not bad coaches, they’re good coaches, some of them the top coaches in this country,” Baxter told the club’s media department.
“And so this is not about me coming in dismantling everything that’s that’s been done. This is about me trying to find a better balance and about maybe rebuilding the culture around the team as well.
“So I think Kaizer Chiefs have moved forward a lot since I was here last time. This time will be a lot of expectations. I’ll have to manage that. This time it’s a tougher league. I think the league has improved in terms of the bottom teams are no pushovers now, they’re all tight games.
“So it will be different. The game has moved forward, the game has changed. I remember when I came last time, and spoke about transitions, and people laughed, and they said, well, if transitions, now, it’s an integral part of everybody’s game.
“So I’ve got to find out well, whoa, what is new? What is new? What can I use that is gonna bring us an advantage. That edge, you know, so it’ll be interesting, it’ll be a challenge, but it’s gonna be an interesting challenge.”