Ertugral warning for Baxter


The English coach led Kaizer Chiefs to PSL glory last season before making the move to Europe, penning a one-year deal with the Super Lig side.

Yet current Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Ertugral, who was assistant coach at Genclerbirligi in the late 1990s, has warned Baxter of the difficult task ahead of him under club president İlhan Cavcav, who has been in charge since 1978.

“He [Baxter] chose a club which, on average, generally changes two coaches per season,” Ertugral tells “The owner of the club is not very fond of coaches, and likes to get himself unnecessarily involved.

“I wish Stuart luck – I know he is a great coach who can adapt to the situation there because obviously the expectations are sometimes really over what an average club can achieve. The demands of this president are really ridiculous, and hopefully Baxter can stay until the end of the season – I wish him that.”

The Turkish-born manager, who was also at the helm of Super Lig club Sivasspor in 2010, is however confident Baxter will do the job required of him, despite being the ninth coach to take charge of the club in the past five years.

“I think he [Baxter] knows what to do – Turkish football is very demanding and I know he is a very good coach who will be able to adapt to the situation,” Ertugral adds.

Baxter will take charge of Genclerbirligi – who finished ninth in the standings - in their first League encounter on 16 August against Rizespor, who ended just above the relegation zone in 15th place last season.