- Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung says he can’t reveal who the club is negotiating with to fill the coaching vacancy
- Motaung did not confirm or deny reports that the club was negotiating with Stuart Baxter
- He said the club was interviewing people and he would not violate their rights by revealing their names
Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby ‘Bobsteak’ Motaung said he could not reveal who the club was negotiating with to fill the head coaching vacancy. Motaung said he did not want to get anyone in trouble by making their names public.
Motaung did not confirm or deny reports that the club was currently engaged in negotiations with Stuart Baxter and officials at the South African Football Association (SAFA) to secure his services.
Stuart Baxter has been heavily linked with a return to his former club, where he enjoyed a successful stint which ultimately drew the attention of SAFA officials and led to him being appointed as Bafana Bafana’s coach after Shakes Mashaba was axed.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung is understood to be personally leading complicated negotiations with SAFA to secure Baxter’s early release from his Bafana contract.
Bobsteak would not be drawn into making a comment on these reports and said he could not and would not comment on rumours and media reports.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Motaung did not expressly deny that talks had or where continuing to take place. He would only say that the club had interviewed people.
Motaung said could not say more than that because he did not want to violate anyone’s right to privacy by splashing their name in the media.
He said he would only give the media a name once that person had signed a contract with the club.
Motaung asked Kaizer Chiefs supporters to remain patient and to have faith that the management team was working around the clock to resolve the vacancy.
Supporters of the club have grown increasingly frustrated with the protracted nature of the search which has now entered its third month. Fans noted that it looked terrible for one of the PSL’s big three teams to be in the third week of pre-season training without a head coach.
Motaung reiterated that the club would not be rushed into making an appointment and would appoint the right person for the job.
He added that no-one at the club underestimated the seriousness of the matter which was why none of the senior officials of the club had taken time off to attend the World Cup in Russia.
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