It has been reported that SAFA have offered the Bafana Bafana national team job to SuperSport United head coach Stuart Baxter, and there is a massive possibility he could take it. Here's why!
The Englishman has been with the Pretoria outfit for little over a year, and it now seems that the opportunity to move back to a national team job is on the table.
Baxter has proved a successful coach in the Absa Premiership, and here's why he could take the offer to be South Africa’s national team manager.
He Is A Journeyman
It's no secret that Stuart is a journeyman. He loves to move around and he is rarely in a place for longer than three years. Perhaps he feels his time with SSU is nearing its end.
The 63-year-old is already among the top earners in the league when it comes to coaches' salaries, but it can't compare to the R800 000 Shakes Mashaba was reportedly earning. As much as people say "money isn't everything", well, sometimes it can help sway a decision.
He Has Been There Before
Baxter has already coached Bafana. Yes, the spell back in 2004 was a rather short one, but since then, the Englishman has grown even more as a coach. In addition, he knows exactly what to expect from SAFA and the position. If he accepted the job the first time, he could very well do so a second time.
The Players Respect Him
SAFA have often appointed foreigners for the job, but Baxter is becoming more and more South African by the day. He understands the game in Mzansi very well and he is highly respected by the players. This might not have been the case if he waltzed into the set-up with no PSL experience.
Do you think Baxter will take the Bafana job?