Baxter in bid to remain in DStv Prem consideration


Stuart Baxter could find various factors going against him in remaining in consideration for future DStv Premiership coaching positions following his sacking at Kaizer Chiefs.

Baxter was fired by Chiefs last month just under a year into his second spell with the club and has also coached SuperSport United before on the PSL scene.

Brought back to revive the fortunes of the fading giants, Baxter found himself being singled out for blame as the effects of a seven-year trophy drought continue to take their toll.

Though he has been linked with a possibility of taking over the AmaZulu, the Briton will have odds turning against him considering the age factor trends in the PSL of late.

Besides matters relating to his affordability has been a top earner in all the jobs he has held in the country, Baxter turns 70 next year and walks as the oldest coach to have led a PSL club in recent years.

Only Ernst Middendorp (63) and Owen da Gama (60) were born within a decade of Baxter.

Baroka and Chippa United currently have 37-year-olds in charge in Vincent Kobola and Kurt Lentjies respectively.

Golden Arrows are being led by Mabhuti Khenyeza and Vusumuzi Vilakazi who are both 39 while TS Galaxy has 43-year-old Sead Ramovic.

Pirates have had Fadlu Davids (40) sitting as a co-coach this season since the departure of Josef Zinnbauer at the beginning of the season.

Sekhukhune also has Mcdonald Makhubedu (40) running the show as a co-coach with Da Gama.

AmaZulu have tasked yet another relatively young gaffer in Brandon Truter (45) while Rulani Mokwena has been the youngest coach in the league since Pitso Mosimane left for Al Ahly in 2020.

Mokwena works as a co-coach along with Manqoba Mngqithi.

Even the pair that has been given the role of taking over from Baxter at Chiefs are below 50.

Arthur Zwane is 48 while Dillon Sheppard is 43.

Besides Middendorp and Da Gama the rest of the coaches in the PSL are below 60 led by Dan Malesela (56), Dylan Kerr (55), Steve Barker (54), Andre Arendse (54), Mandla Ncikazi (53) along with the trio of Eric Tinkler, John Maduka and Mngqithi who are all 51.

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