Back in April, it was sharply confirmed that Stuart Baxter – who was in his second working position at Kaizer Chiefs – was officially shown the door by Amahosi.
The Kaizer Chiefs were embarrassed to drop out of the Nedbank Cup earlier this season, while they missed out on the DStv Premier League and remained in fifth place when Baxter was released.
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In an exclusive interview with SABC SportBaxter has now stated that he actually felt the team could bounce back and take second place in the Premier Spike.
One of the saddest scenes of last season involved seeing fans shouting at Baxter and calling for his dismissal, which happened just before he was officially released.
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All of this contrasts sharply with his first time on the team between 2012 and 2015, which included four trophies and two league titles.
In his first interview since his dismissal, Baxter spoke about the reasons for returning to the club and why it failed as expected.
“First of all, my story with the Chiefs is something special. It’s a special place in my heart, and my experience with the Chiefs until I came back was only positive … just filled with happiness, passion, motivation, relationships with the fans and players I’ve worked with. So it’s important that I did it. So I came back. That’s why I thought to return, because you try not to return to the place where you worked before …
“When I came back, I knew what had happened before. I knew what had happened even before I first came, I knew what had happened since I left, and I just had a passion for doing my best to fix everything.
“Reassemble things … so this is the second moment. And everything that was said between me and the bosses made me believe that it would be so. So coming back – a lot of work, not because the coaches before me didn’t do the job properly. But since the circumstances were still that there was an embargo (FIFA ban), then Kovid.
“There were so many things … are we signing new players? Will we bring them out of the academy, can we replace the new culture, can we do it all and can we be successful and win something? So that was what I was trying to do.
“If you can’t finish it, you’re certainly not happy. Of course, I would like to continue and see what we can do. But, I must say, the conditions were unfavorable for me and for the bosses.
“So we sat down and agreed to part. And it’s sad for me because of what I just said. So I’d like to continue because I think we could finish the top 2 and I don’t know where the table will end now, but I just think my side regrets we weren’t able to do that. It wasn’t like I thought it would be when I actually came back. When it all unfolded, it wasn’t the way I thought it would be. “
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