Baxter leads flurry of PSL head coach changes

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter will lead a flurry of coaching changes ahead of the opening weekend of the DStv Premiership.

Five clubs will have a new tactician at the helm this weekend including both Soweto giants, Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Baxter will oversee his first league match since being brought back in June while Pirates will have the duo of Mandla Ncikazi in charge at home against Stellenbosch following the departure of Josef Zinnbauer earlier this week.

Just like he did in the season that he went on to win the league for the first time at Chiefs, Baxter has again lost an MTN8 quarter-final to Mamelodi Sundowns in Tshwane.

Since being appointed, Baxter watched the two CAF Champions League semi-finals from the stands and then sat on the bench for the final against Al Ahly.

Sunday’s trip to TS Galaxy will be his first league match at AmaKhosi since his return.

The last time he sat on the bench for a league match at Chiefs was when they were crowned league champions in May 2015 away at Chippa United after which he left for Turkey.

Chippa United will start off the new campaign away at Sekhukhune United with Gavin Hunt at the helm.

Hunt arrived at Chippa straight after his sacking at Chiefs.

Marumo Gallants have brought in Frenchman Sebastien Migne to lead them this term after buying the status of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and then renaming the club.  

Lehlohonolo Seema has taken over at Golden Arrows.

The status of Bloemfontein Celtic has changed hands, renamed Royal AM and then relocated to KwaZulu-Natal and for now, it appears John Maduka will remain in charge.

Stellenbosch coach Steve Barker will start the season as the longest-serving head coach with his current employers having been at the club since June 2017 when they were still in the first division.

He is now into his fifth season at the helm. 

AmaZulu, Baroka, Cape Town City, Mamelodi Sundowns, Maritzburg United, Sekhukhune United, SuperSport United, Swallows and TS Galaxy will all start with the same men in charge that closed off the past season.

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