Beleaguered Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has raised eyebrows after calling for a private press conference at a yet to be announced location on Friday, and not at SAFA’s headquarters.
Baxter has been under immense pressure following the national team’s quarter-final exit at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt, and speculations are already rife that he will be announcing his resignation.
According to TimesLive, SAFA officials are bemused with Baxter’s decision to call a private conference, arranged by his business manager Steve Kapelushnik, as they are clueless on the outcome of the meeting.
The Scottish mentor has been criticized largely by the media and fans alike for a rather defensive approach he implemented with Bafana at the AFCON tournament, with many calling for his removal as head coach.
Upon the team’s arrival in Mzansi, Baxter lost his cool during an arranged press conference at OR Tambo International Airport when pressed about the team’s performance by section of the media.
“I have no problem leaving this job‚ don’t confuse me with a coach who is desperate for a job. I am not a desperate coach who says‚ please don’t sack me‚ please‚” he said after returning from Egypt.
“I turned down a job this week when I was at the Cup of Nations‚ I turned down a job last week from the Saudis and I turned down jobs in Asia and SA to be with this team.
“I am going back to Sweden for a few days and will look at myself to say if I can take this team forward.
“If the answer is no‚ then I will step aside. But if the answer is yes‚ I will come back and speak to my employers. It is one where everyone has to have a hard look at themselves in the mirror.
It goes without saying that Baxter will not be short of suitors should he choose to walk away because of his track record, with some suggesting he could return to his former employers Kaizer Chiefs.