Stuart Baxter says, contrary to popular belief, his employers SAFA won’t have to break the bank to sack him.
The Bafana Bafana coach expects questions over his future to be raised should the national team fail to qualify for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt if they do not at least get a point in their final group game away to Libya next month.
Reports have suggested the coach’s pay-out package would force the association to dig deep into their pockets should they opt to release him from his contract, which runs until after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“All this nonsense about it costing them (SAFA) a fortune to get rid of me – and you can ask the guys sitting next to me – it will not cost them a bloody fortune to get rid of me,” Baxter said.
“I’ve only been sacked, I think, or the closest to being sacked…was here (in his first stint back in 2005). And you know how much I got that time, when I had two years left on my contract? Zero rand. I told the FA to give my package to the kids and I walked. So it will not cost them a fortune to sack me.”
The date for the away qualifier against Libya has not yet been confirmed, but it is expected to be played on the weekend of March 22 – possibly in Tunisia, a neutral ground for the hosts because of civil war in their country.