Chiefs make contact with Baxter

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs' search for a new coach could see them opt for the tried and trusted following another season without silverware.

Chiefs parted ways with Ernst Middendorp for a second time on Wednesday after he failed to deliver the Absa Premiership trophy despite leading the log standings up until the final matchday.

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The Soweto giants have already been linked with several options, including four-time Premiership-winning coach Gavin Hunt, who is now entertaining offers following the sale of Bidvest Wits.

Algerian tactician Adel Amrouche, who is currently national team coach of Botswana, has also appeared in recent media reports, while Dutchman Ruud Krol expressed interest in the job on Wednesday.

Another option is Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy, who is known to be a long-time admirer of The Glamour Boys despite his history with Orlando Pirates, as he looks to return to the touchline after parting ways with Cape Town City in November last year.

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However, KickOff.com has gathered from impeccable sources that Amakhosi have made initial contact with Stuart Baxter, who could be willing to return for a second spell after leading the club to four domestic trophies between 2012 and 2015.

Baxter was appointed head coach of Indian Super League side Odisha FC in June, with the 2020/21 season scheduled to kick off in November, and details of his release clause are currently uncertain.

While many Chiefs fans have voiced support for Hunt to take over, word has it that Pirates have shown strong intent to lure the 56-year-old over to their side of Soweto.

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