Tactician believes that with concentration the Glamor Boys will perform well in the league again
New Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter has insisted he won’t make massive changes to the squad to dismantle what his predecessors had done.
After struggling to perform well for most of the season, Gavin Hunt was shown the door, interim coaches Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard ultimately led the team to eighth place.
Many expect the seasoned tactician, who is on his second stint at the club, to make massive changes, but apparently, with the Chiefs’ transfer ban, that won’t be the case.
“I think it’s important that people understand the coaches who have been here before me, they are good coaches. Some are the best coaches in the country,” Baxter said. Sowetan.
“It’s not about me going in and dismantling everything that has been done. It’s about finding a better balance, and maybe also rebuilding the culture around the team.
“The Kaizer Chiefs have come a long way since I was last here.
“This time it will be a matter of expectations. I’ll have to deal with it.”
However, the 67-year-old concedes it will be an interesting challenge to understand how PSL has changed since his last term, to help Amakhosi move forward.
“This time it’s a tougher league. The league has improved in terms of lower teams. It’s no longer child’s play now. It’s all close games,” Baxter continued.
“It will be different. The game has moved on and changed. I remember the last time I came to talk about transitions and people laughed. Now it’s part of everyone’s game.
“I have to find out what’s new and what I can use to give us an advantage – that advantage. It will be interesting, it will be a challenge, but it will be an interesting challenge.”
The last time Baxter was at Chiefs was from 2012 to 2015, and he again compared that time and the present.
“The last time I was here the Chiefs hadn’t won anything in a while. Coming in I knew winning something was a priority. But I didn’t just watch the trophies,” he said. he adds.
“I was trying to build a team, I was trying to bond with the supporters, I was trying to help us find an identity.
“It will be the same now. If we can keep our eyes on the path and not on the destination, that will be important for the leaders.
“Now we are the hunters. Gradually, we became the hunted on my first visit. ”