Baxter Discusses ‘Bizarre’ Turkey Sacking
Former Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter, talks about his sacking from Turkish Super Lig club Genclerbirligi.
Baxter left Chiefs at the end of last season, after guiding the Amakhosi to two league and cup doubles in his three seasons in charge.
The Englishman joined Genclerbirligi ahead of the 2015/16 season but after losing his first two competitive matches was sacked by the Turkish outfit.
“I mean, I knew it (the club) was volatile, of course, but I’ve never been sacked in my life and I didn’t expect to be. The president went out and said it was mutual consent, but I was sacked,” Baxter said.
“Then the players went in and tried to mitigate, but I said there was no way I could stay and he said, ‘Well, okay then. We’ll call it mutual consent,’ but I was sacked. I think they just dressed it up that way so people in Turkey maybe didn’t think he was a complete nutter. It was all smoke and mirrors.”
“I don’t want to speak badly of another person, but the president is old and he’s not a well man. Sometimes he couldn’t even remember my name. I’m not going to be disparaging and talk badly about him, but it was difficult from day one,” he added.