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Stuart Baxter reflects on Helsingborgs IF rollercoaster as he bows out

After mutually parting ways with Helsingborgs IF on Monday, Stuart Baxter has taken a moment to reflect on his eight-month stint at the Swedish club.

Baxter had initially joined the seven-time Swedish champions; Helsingborgs as a director of football in November 2022.

However, he was later appointed head coach in April 2023 to address the precarious position in the Superettan – the Swedish second tier.

Facing the challenge of preventing the fallen giants of Swedish football from avoiding the axe, Baxter led Helsingborgs through a rollercoaster of highs and lows, ultimately achieving the goal of saving the club’s Superettan status.

As Baxter bids farewell to Helsingborgs, the former Kaizer Chiefs tactician acknowledges the contributions of everyone involved. He expressed his gratitude to the players and fans who supported the team through its struggles.

Despite his success in achieving the club’s primary objective, Baxter has left Helsingborgs by mutual consent.


Stuart Baxter during a training session
Stuart Baxter

“I have gotten to know HIF in a completely different way this year than I did before,” said Baxter.

“When we played the Europa League and cup finals, the atmosphere was one and when a big threat of another relegation was staring us in the face, it was another.

“I got to see the supporters take on a completely different role this year than when we played European matches and finals. They were loyal, showed the way, and were a great support when we needed them.

“It was therefore fitting that in the end, it was they who helped us over the line. I want to thank all the players, those who supported and everyone who in some way helped us through this tough season,” added Baxter.

In addition, Helsingborgs’ sports manager Mikael Dahlberg expressed the club’s deep respect for Baxter, acknowledging his significant contribution.

Dahlberg further highlighted the positive and collaborative nature of the relationship between Baxter and the club.


“First of all, we have the greatest respect for Stuart as both a person and a football coach,” declared Dahlberg. “He took on a difficult task and lived up to it by achieving the desired goal.

“We have had a close, daily dialogue since the appointment and of course have continued with it even after the season ended. In the end, we have agreed that, here and now, it is best to add a new head coach.
“The recruitment process started early and has continued in parallel with the dialogue we have had with Stuart. This dialogue was greatly facilitated by the fact that he has a big HIF heart, wants the best for the association, and possesses skills that we can take advantage of in the future as well. We are extremely grateful for the work that Stuart has carried out and the competence he has brought to the organisation.”

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