Stuart Baxter

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Stuart Baxter
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Personal information
Full name Stuart William Baxter
Date of birth (1953-08-16) 16 August 1953 (age 60)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1971–1973 Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1975 Preston North End 41 (1)
1975 Morecambe 1 (0)
1975–1976 Dundee United 0 (0)
1976–1977 Stockport County 4 (0)
1978–1979 South Melbourne FC 50 (4)
1981 Helsingborgs IF ? (?)
1982 South Melbourne FC ? (?)
1983 San Diego Sockers ? (?)
1983–1984 Örebro SK 41 (5)
Teams managed
1985 Örebro SK
1986 IF Skarp
1987 Vitória Setubal
1988–1991 Halmstads BK
1992–1994 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
1995–1997 Vissel Kobe
1998–2000 AIK
2001 Lyn
2002–2004 England Under-19
2004–2005 South Africa
2006 Vissel Kobe
2006–2007 Helsingborgs IF
2008–2010 Finland
2012– Kaizer Chiefs
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stuart Baxter (born 16 August 1953 in Wolverhampton) is a Scottish former football player and current manager of South African club Kaizer Chiefs. During his years as a professional player he played for a number of clubs in England, Scotland, Australia, Sweden and in the United States. He has previously managed clubs in Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Japan as well as managing the national teams of South Africa, Finland and the England under-19 national football team.

Early life[edit]

Baxter, who has a Scottish father and an English mother, was born in Wolverhampton.[1]

Playing career[edit]

He began his playing career with Preston North End in 1973. He later moved north to Scotland to join Dundee United before returning to England with Stockport County. Baxter then moved to Australia, Sweden and the United States respectively with South Melbourne FC, Helsingborgs IF and San Diego Sockers. His playing career ended in 1983.

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching career in Scandinavia and Japan[edit]

Baxter returned to Scandinavia to begin his coaching career; he worked with Örebro SK's youth team. In 1986, he was appointed manager of minor Norwegian side Idrettsforeningen Skarp. The following year he landed a larger managerial role with Portuguese team Vitória de Setúbal before returning to Sweden for a three-year stint at Halmstads BK between 1988 and 1991. In his first year with Halmstad he guided them to promotion to the Allsvenskan but the club was relegated at the end of his tenure. Baxter moved to Japan to first coach Sanfrecce Hiroshima, between 1992 and 1994, and then Vissel Kobe, in 1997. He took over as manager of Kobe only days after an earthquake caused devastation in the city and spent 2 weeks living in a makeshift caravan in the Club carpark.

AIK[edit]

In 1998, Baxter was bought back to Sweden by AIK, where he guided them to the Swedish championship. Having qualified for the UEFA Champions League, Baxter took AIK into the group stages where the Swedish champions played against some of Europe's largest teams, such as FC Barcelona, Arsenal and Fiorentina. Unsurprisingly, AIK finished bottom of the group. After two years, he moved to Norwegian side Lyn Oslo.

England Under-19, South Africa, Return to Japan and Scandinavia[edit]

Baxter was hired by the Football Association to coach the England Under-19 team in 2002. After two years, he was hired as South Africa's manager. By autumn 2005, he quit this role having failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. He later had another short spell at Vissel Kobe before moving back to Helsingborg, this time as manager in 2006. He took the Swedish side past the group stages of the UEFA Cup in 2007 but he resigned at the end of the year.

Finland[edit]

At the beginning of 2008, Baxter was appointed manager of Finland on a two-year contract.[2] In January 2009 it was announced that he has signed an extended contract that will keep him in charge of the Finland team through the 2012 European Championships campaign.[3]

In June 2010 Baxter was strongly linked with a possible director of football position at Celtic to work alongside new manager Neil Lennon,[4] however these hopes came to nothing as Celtic were unable to agree a settlement for Baxter's services with the Football Association of Finland.[5][6]

During the autumn of 2010, The Finland national team lost important matches against Moldova and Hungary, which lead to widespread hopes for Baxter's resignation made public by the National Team Supporters, the media and the country's leading football pundits.[7] It turned out, too, that Baxter had failed to establish communicative relationships with some of the key players in the squad, favouring certain players instead.[8] Baxter, however, refused to resign, attacking journalists for not understanding football well enough in order to evaluate his performance as a manager.[9] The Football Association of Finland did not sack Baxter either, citing, e.g., financial reasons.[10] The Finland national team's position in FIFA World Rankings has sunk from 33 to 86 under Baxter's guidance[11] On November 2010, The Football Association of Finland revealed that Baxter would no longer continue in his job as a manager of the national team.[12]

Kaizer Chiefs[edit]

On 7 May 2012 Baxter was announced as the new manager of South African club, Kaizer Chiefs.[13] He started his duties in June 2012. In the first season under his management, Amakhosi completed the double, finishing first in the 2012-13 Premier Soccer League and defeating Supersport United 1-0 to win the Nedbank Cup.[14]

Family[edit]

Baxter has a son, Lee, who is also a former professional football player and now a goalkeeping-coach for AIK. His brother was also a professional footballer, but who died of cancer in his early 30s. Baxter also has daughter Kelly 33, both Lee and Kelly are from his previous marriage to Sandy Baxter and also Stuart has Natalie 21 and Sean 15 with his present wife Cecilia who is Swedish. Both Baxters sons play football, his younger brother Mick played football and even Baxters father William (Bill) played both in England and Sweden.

Honours[edit]

Manager[edit]

Club[edit]

Sanfrecce Hiroshima

1994

AIK

1998
1998–99

Helsingborgs IF

2006
2012-13 Premier Soccer League
2013 Nedbank Cup

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Szreter, Adam (16 November 2000). "Bradford looking to Baxter to take the reins". www.guardian.co.uk (London: The Guardian). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Stuart Baxter Huuhkajien päävalmentajaksi". palloliitto.fi (in Finnish) (Suomen Palloliitto). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Stuart Baxter jatkaa Huuhkajien luotsina". palloliitto.fi (in Finnish) (Suomen Palloliitto). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Celtic approach Finland coach Stuart Baxter". bbc.co.uk (BBC Sport). 4 June 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Celtic Football Club statement". celticfc.net (Celtic FC). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Celtic concede defeat over Stuart Baxter advisory role". bbc.co.uk (BBC Sport). 3 August 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jalkapallofanit ja vaikuttajat pettyneitä liiton Baxter-ratkaisuun". hs.fi (in Finnish) (HS). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Eremenkon kritiikki vaikeuttaa Baxterin asemaa". mtv3.fi (in Finnish) (MTV3). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Baxter hermostui toimittajille – lue koko tilitys!". Iltalehti.fi (in Finnish) (Iltalehti). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Baxter jatkaa Huuhkajien peräsimessä". hs.fi (in Finnish) (HS). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Suomi vajosi futislilliputtien joukkoon". hs.fi (in Finnish) (HS). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ratkaisu tyydytti kaikkia osapuolia". www.palloliitto.fi (in Finnish) (Palloliitto). Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Baxter Joins Chiefs". 
  14. ^ "Amakhosi secure trophy double". Independent Online. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.