Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter has hit back at fans who were heckling abuse at him at FNB Stadium on Saturday after their 1-0 loss to SuperSport United.
Baxter claimed he was the only coach who “has given this club any success in the last 20 years”, insisting that the decision to axe him solely lay with management.
Amakhosi were not amused as SuperSport’s Thamsanqa Gabuza broke their hearts with a solitary strike, leaving their club five points behind second-placed Royal AM. With the title almost decided, Chiefs are chasing a second-place finish, guaranteeing them Caf Champions League football next season.
“I don’t have any message to the fans because if they want me to go, I’ll go,” Kaizer Chiefs head coach Stuart Baxter told the media.
“If the chairman says to me, I don’t think you’re doing a good job; then I’ll walk. I’ve got no problem doing that. I will walk myself.
“If I don’t think I’m affecting Kaizer Chiefs in a positive way, I’ll walk, not a problem. I’m the only coach that has given this club any success in the last 20 years, but I’ve got to go because we dominate the game and lose 1-0?
“I’ve got to listen to that? It’s ok, they’re fans; they have the right to say exactly what they want.
“If that reflects what the Kaizer Chiefs chairman thinks and what the players think and the majority of our fans think, then maybe I should walk.
“But that’s nothing a group of fans will decide; that’s something the football club or I will decide.
“If I get that feeling, then, of course, I’ll walk. But at the moment, I’m looking at it as a game we should’ve won, but we didn’t, and that happens in football.”
There have been calls from some sections of Chiefs to get rid of the coach after an inconsistent season. Their qualms also include his failure to play academy graduates like Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who has played a bit-part role this season, and Sabelo Radebe.