After having led Kaizer Chiefs to four trophies in three seasons, it is only natural that Stuart Baxter is being scouted by big clubs, but did he leave on his own accord or is the club to blame?
The English tactician has enjoyed a fruitful time since his arrival at Naturena in 2011, winning two Absa Premiership trophies in addition to the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8.
His success, which saw him revolutionise the team in an impressive manner, has certainly caught the attention of clubs from around the globe, with Egypt’s Al Ahly and Turkey’s Genclerbirligi being the two most frequent names mentioned.
Baxter is famous for having moved around a lot, failing to stay in the same place for longer than three years, and now he has resigned from his post as head coach at Chiefs.
What we are unsure about though is if he did it on his own accord, in the hope of making a move to Turkey, or if there was another underlying factor…
Could management have forced out the coach?
The 61-year-old recently revealed that the club was often signing players against his own will, and that they failed to secure the services of the players he actually wanted.
James Keene is probably the most recent example of this. Baxter wanted the striker to help in the run-in for the league title, while the club decided against it.
This undoubtedly left Baxter unimpressed and there have been many occasions like this in the past where players were bought against his better knowledge. Players like Ovidy Karuru and Siphelele Mthembu for example?
Do you think Baxter left on his own or was it because of management?