Stuart Baxter had been linked to SuperSport United before he joined Kaizer Chiefs, in 2012.
Baxter’s appointment as Gordon Igesund’s successor at Matsatsantsa was confirmed yesterday, following Igesund’s exit, with the Englishman having subsequently stated that he is excited to take over the reigns at the club.
However, he might have been in Tshwane a lot sooner had his coaching career taken a different path in 2011, with Stan Matthews having explained that he met Baxter as a possible successor for Gavin Hunt a few years ago. However, Hunt eventually decided to stay and Baxter moved to Naturena.
Kapeluschnik, who helped orchestrate the deal, also spoke on the matter, saying, “Look, SuperSport have liked Stuart for a long time. Stan actually flew over to the United Kingdom to meet him before he joined Kaizer Chiefs and has been in contact with him since he was with Bafana.
“Stuart was very specific about talks with SuperSport and insisted that he did not want to be pulling the rug out from a fellow coach, so his move was all very last minute after it was decided that Gordon would not be staying.
“He had offers from all over the world including Europe and Asia, but he felt that the timing was right because he loves South Africa and it felt like a good challenge.”
Baxter, who has signed a two and a half year deal with SuperSport, is set to arrive in the country on Monday.