Calm maintained in Baxter’s rebuilding job
by GIFT NDOLWANE
PRETORIA – THINGS may have not gone the way he had initially anticipated in his new job but Supersport United mentor Stuart Baxter insists he is not under any pressure as he rebuilds the struggling Pretoria side.
Two games into his new job, United’s poor season continues, the latest a 3-1 home setback against Ajax Cape Town last weekend.
It came on the back of a 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Bloemfontein Celtic.
However, in his usual calm demeanour, the Briton neither reads much into those outcomes of those matches nor sets himself any targets.
‘I don’t need targets lest there is pressure. One thing for sure, I don’t like losing,” says Baxter.
“I like developing teams. I like them to play good football, if we don’t do any of those then am under pressure myself.”
While results indicate his side is struggling, Baxter is in familiar ground.
His stint at Kaizer Chiefs got off to worst possible start in an agonising 4-1 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in one-sided 2012/2013 MTN 8 quarterfinal match.
That season, he went on to lead the glamour club into the league title, helping end a nine-year league drought. He would later land another league title and the MTN 8 and Nedbank Cup as well.
“I hope some of the stuff achieved at Chiefs can rub off the players,” says Baxter, reunited with ex-Chiefs striker, Kingston Nkhatha at Supersport.
“I am sure the players respect me as a coach because of decent work I achieved with Chiefs. I am sure after a few more sessions the players can attest that am a good coach.”
With the league title all but out of their reach, the three-time holders can only aim to finish as high as they can in what has been a below par season by their lofty standards.
“I hope the players will keep their heads up, keep playing the right sort of football and we will stabilise as we move forward,” says Baxter.
His 12th placed charges play neighbouring strugglers University of Pretoria.
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