Stuart Baxter

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Stuart Baxter
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Personal information
Full name Stuart William Baxter[1]
Date of birth (1953-08-16) 16 August 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth Wolverhampton, England
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 Dundee United 0 (0)
1976–1977 Stockport County 4 (1)
1978–1979 South Melbourne FC 50 (22)
1981 Helsingborgs IF 16 (7)
1982 South Melbourne FC 20 (11)
1983 San Diego Sockers 27 (12)
1983–1984 Örebro SK 41 (19)
Total 200 (96)
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
2012–2015 Kaizer Chiefs
2015 Gençlerbirliği
2016– SuperSport United
2017– Celebes.F.C
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stuart William Baxter (born 16 August 1953) is a Scottish former football player and a manager. 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 and Finland and the England under-19 team.

Early life[edit]

Baxter, who has a Scottish father and an English mother, was born in Wolverhampton.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Baxter began his playing career with Preston North End in 1973. He joined Scottish club Dundee United in October 1975, but was released the following month after playing only for the reserve team.[3] He then returned 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 IF 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 two weeks living in a makeshift caravan in the club car park.


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 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.


At the beginning of 2008, Baxter was appointed manager of Finland on a two-year contract.[4] 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.[5]

In June 2010 Baxter was strongly linked with a possible director of football position at Celtic to work alongside new manager Neil Lennon,[6] however these hopes came to nothing as Celtic were unable to agree a settlement for Baxter's services with the Football Association of Finland.[7][8]7

During the autumn of 2010, The Finland national team lost important matches against Moldova and Hungary, which led to widespread hopes for Baxter's resignation made public by the National Team Supporters, the media and the country's leading football pundits.[9] 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.[10] Baxter, however, refused to resign, attacking journalists for not understanding football well enough in order to evaluate his performance as a manager.[11] The Football Association of Finland did not sack Baxter either, citing, e.g., financial reasons.[12] The Finland national team's position in FIFA World Rankings has sunk from 33 to 86 under Baxter's guidance[13] 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.[14]

Kaizer Chiefs[edit]

On 7 May 2012 Baxter was announced as the new manager of South African club, Kaizer Chiefs.[15] 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.[16]

The 2013–14 South African Premier Division campaign ended in disappointment with the soweto based side failing to register a trophy despite occupying the top position in the league for the majority of the season. See Log for the previous League campaign:[17]

Chiefs, at the beginning of the 2014–15 South African Premier Division were drawn against Mpumalanga Black Aces in their first game of the cup competition the MTN 8,[18] a match which they won 4–0 to progress to the semin-finals where they beat the defending champions Platinum Stars 2–0 and 3–0 respectively in both legs to set up a final with their Soweto counterparts and rivals Orlando Pirates. During this period, Baxter led chiefs to nine wins in six of their league matches and also their three cup matches leading up to the final. Amakhosi's 10th victo7ry in as many matches in all competitions this term was inspired by an unlikely source, captain Tefu Mashamaite, who wore the armband in Itumeleng Khune's absence and vindicated coach Stuart Baxter's decision to give him the role ahead of the more favoured Reneilwe Letsholonyane. Mashamaite, who captained his former club Bidvest Wits to the Nedbank Cup title in 2010, headed home the winner just before the half-hour mark against a Pirates side that seemed hypnotized for the better part of this match [19]

Baxter won his third trophy at the club in just his third season to start off yet another season with the MTN 8 trophy on Saturday 20 September 2014. Also see:[20]

On 2 June 2015 Stuart Baxter parted ways with Kaizer Chiefs.[21]


On 9 June 2015 Stuart Baxter has join Turkish club Genclerbirligi,[22][23] but his contract was mutually terminated on 24 August 2015 after defeats in the first two games of the 2015–16 season.[24][25]

SuperSport United[edit]

On 27 January 2016 Stuart Baxter was signed mid season by SuperSport United.[26] That season Baxter lead his side to Nedbank Cup glory.[27]


Baxter has a son, Lee, who is also a former professional football player and now a goalkeeping-coach for AGF . 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 Baxter's father, Bill, played in England.

Managerial statistics[edit]


Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1993 1994 80 47 0 33 58.75
Vissel Kobe 1997 1997 32 9 0 23 28.13
Vissel Kobe 2006 2006 34 20 6 8 58.82
Total 146 76 6 64 52.05




Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Kaizer Chiefs
SuperSport United

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stuart Baxter". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Szreter, Adam (16 November 2000). "Bradford looking to Baxter to take the reins". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Gracie, Steve (2009). The Rise of the Terrors. Dundee: Arabest Publishing. p. 187. ISBN 978 0 9558341 1 0. 
  4. ^ "Stuart Baxter Huuhkajien päävalmentajaksi". (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Stuart Baxter jatkaa Huuhkajien luotsina". (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Celtic approach Finland coach Stuart Baxter". BBC Sport. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Celtic Football Club statement". Celtic FC. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Celtic concede defeat over Stuart Baxter advisory role". BBC Sport. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jalkapallofanit ja vaikuttajat pettyneitä liiton Baxter-ratkaisuun". (in Finnish). HS. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Eremenkon kritiikki vaikeuttaa Baxterin asemaa". (in Finnish). MTV3. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Baxter hermostui toimittajille – lue koko tilitys!". (in Finnish). Iltalehti. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Baxter jatkaa Huuhkajien peräsimessä". (in Finnish). HS. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Suomi vajosi futislilliputtien joukkoon". (in Finnish). HS. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Ratkaisu tyydytti kaikkia osapuolia". (in Finnish). Palloliitto. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Baxter Joins Chiefs". 
  16. ^ "Amakhosi secure trophy double". Independent Online. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Absa Premiership Standing". 
  18. ^ "Chiefs Thrash Black Aces". 
  19. ^ "Chiefs Back to Winning Ways". 
  20. ^ "South Africa Premier League". 
  21. ^ "Stuart Baxter Part Ways". 
  22. ^ "Gençlerbirliği, İskoç teknik direktör Baxter'a emanet" (in Turkish). Fanatik. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  23. ^ "Baxter Joins Gençlerbirliği". African Football. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  24. ^ "7İlk giden Baxter oldu!". (in Turkish). ntvspor. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  25. ^ "Baxter ve ekibine teşekkürler" (in Turkish). Gençlerbirliği. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  26. ^ "Soccer Laduma, Kapeluschnik: SuperSport Wanted Baxter Pre-Chiefs". Soccer Laduma. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  27. ^ "SuperSport win Nedbank Cup title". 
  28. ^ J.League Data Site(Japanese)