With the Soweto Derby drawing all the attention this week, I thought it would be good to look at who were the best and worst coaches in this fixture over the course of the last four seasons.
Derbies are known to make or break a coach’s position on the bench. A victory can see a tactician move up a level with supporters, while a loss could put them on course for the exit door.
Taking a quick reflection on the past four seasons, there are some notable names that stand out for me.
Best Soweto Derby Coach – Stuart Baxter (Four Draws, Three Wins, One Defeat)
The English tactician has been at the helm at Chiefs for three seasons now and is probably one of the best coaches Chiefs have had in recent times. In the 2014 calendar year alone, Baxter claimed three victories in the derby, as well as some silverware in the form of the MTN8 trophy. Baxter’s only ever derby loss came in a 1-0 defeat to Pirates in the first-leg of the MTN8, which didn’t end up that costly.
Worst Soweto Derby Coach – Roger De Sa (Four Draws, One Win) & Vladimir Vermezovic (Two Defeats)
This was a tough one given the competition would have mainly seen this coach come up against Baxter in the last three years. But reflecting on the past four seasons, we couldn’t help but feel this is for Roger De Sa and VV. The current Ajax Cape Town coach may have led his team to a number of cup finals, but the outcomes of the derby fixtures are not good. His first Soweto Derby in charge saw him earn a 1-1 draw, which was the start of many stalemates between the Soweto Giants. What ranks De Sa slightly better than the Serbian coach is that he managed to get a win, while VV suffered back-to-back defeats.
Who would you have named as your best and worst Soweto Derby coach in the last four years?