Stuart Baxter will return to South Africa on Monday to take over as SuperSport United’s new head coach.
The Englishman has been confirmed as the replacement for Gordon Igesund, who was sacked this morning after Matsatsantsa’s horror run of form which has left them in 10th position.
Baxter comes with a big reputation, having masterminded a League and Cup double for Kaizer Chiefs last season before leaving for Turkish side Genclerbirligi, where he lasted just two games before being sacked.
The former Bafana Bafana coach had joined Amakhosi in 2012 and, after losing his first match 4-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns, won the League and Nedbank Cup in his first season in charge.
In total, Baxter was involved in 125 official games with a win total of 76, 26 draws and 23 losses – becoming the first foreign coach to win two League titles within his first three years in the PSL.
Remarkably, Chiefs failed to score in 27 of their 127 games, which means they were on the score sheet in 100 of those games. They scored 190 goals (at an average of 1.4 per match) and conceded 79 in all competitions.
Chiefs broke a number of records during Baxter’s tenure. Most notably, they went on the longest unbeaten League run ever in a single PSL season, which stretched 19 games before it was eventually ended by SuperSport United in February.
Chiefs were also the fastest ever in the PSL to get to 50 points, reaching that mark after 21 games, and they also got a points record of 69 since the PSL became a 16-team League in 2002.