Clayton Daniels believes Stuart Baxter is the right man for the Bafana Bafana coaching job
Posted: 31 March 2017 Time: 14:58
SuperSport United defender Clayton Daniels believes Stuart Baxter is the right man to lead Bafana Bafana if given the proper backing.
Yesterday the Tshwane side announced that they have given SAFA permission to speak to the British coach regarding a return to the national team, with the exception that he would only leave his post at the club on June 30.
Daniels, who has been a key figure in Matsatsantsa's title-chasing side this season, believes Baxter would be a coup for Bafana, given the coach's contribution to his personal game since arriving at the club at the beginning of last year.
"If the coach [Baxter] does become the Bafana coach, he is the right man, if given the right platform to do his job to the best of his ability," Daniels tells KickOff.com.
"I think he is one of the best I have worked with and I have seen how he has changed me as a player, and I hope I can continue working with him, whether it's at club or national team level.
"While it is not confirmed that he will be joining Bafana, we are still happy to have him as a our coach [at SuperSport]."
Daniels, who has seven senior national team caps to his name, says he cannot describe how he would feel should Baxter leave the club, but hopes to continue growing individually and as a team while the former Chiefs mentor is still with them.
"I can't say how I'm going to feel tomorrow because we are not sure if it's going to rain or the sun will shine. But all I know is that we are happy to have him as our coach now," he adds.
"We've learnt a lot under him, and the team is stronger now more than ever, so we are grateful for everything the coach has done for us this far.
"Hopefully we can go on and learn more, and become better players and a better team."
The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town centre-back disagrees with those saying Baxter's re-appointment as a national team coach will derail 'Vision 2022' as he believes more in experienced or older players.
"I don't believe what people are saying [about Baxter derailing Bafana], we have a lot of young players in our team at SuperSport who have good talent, and you can see the players are growing," he argues.
"They are being groomed in the right way so that they can have a bright future ahead of them, if they continue learning and working hard, and of course listening to the coach and senior players.
"It's also important to have the right balance [of youth and experience]. If you look at the under-20 national team, we should have half of that team in the under-23's and also as future Bafana players.
"The [Bafana] coach should work closely with these players so that everything stays on the right track."