After weeks of rumours, Stuart Baxter was yesterday confirmed as the head coach of Kaizer Chiefs.
The ex-boss was linked with the job soon after Gavin Hunt was sacked last month and the Englishman is back for a second stint after leaving in 2015 with two league titles and the Nedbank Cup and MTN8 – all in just three seasons.
Amakhosi chairman Kaizer Motaung says: “We decided to appoint Stuart because we believe he is one coach who understands our philosophy and culture.
“We know his work ethic and believe he will work with the team we have at the moment while trying to rebuild and ensure we have a formidable side for the new season.
“It has been six years since Stuart left Chiefs after winning the league trophy in 2015.
“But he departed on good terms and remains a well-liked figure by many supporters, colleagues and some of the players he coached at the time.
“We need the coach to have enough time and prepare adequately for the new season.
“We did not have a decent pre-season due to Covid-19 and other factors last season, so we hope to use the Caf Champions League journey as a part of our preparation while trying to do well in the competition.”
Baxter will be assisted by Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard, with support from his former Bafana Bafana assistant Molefi Ntseki, who is the club’s new head of youth development.