EXTRA TIME: South African fans react to Safa opening talks with Baxter

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After Safa boasted over 60 good candidates to takeover from Shakes Mashaba, the fans are underwhelmed that Stuart Baxter is close to becoming SA coach

Former Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Queiroz and two-time Afcon champion, Herve Renard were previously linked with the job.

However Safa's found it difficult to break Queiroz's contract with Iran, and also then would have to keep up with his high wage demands on top of that.

The 'bomb' landed in the media when SuperSport United announced that they will give Safa permission to speak to their British coach, Baxter on Thursday.

"SuperSport United has given permission to The South African Football Association (SAFA) to engage their Head Coach Stuart Baxter with a view to him becoming the Head Coach of Bafana Bafana," read the statement.

One of the problems is that the potential appointment would only allow Baxter to start on 1 July 2017.

On United's Instagram post there's already a number of interesting responses from fans, even though we must remember that Baxter might not be the only candidate remaining.



This is what our editor Ignat Manjoo had to say about the latest development.

"I've already written in the past that Baxter would make a good choice, and that I preferred Queiroz and Renard. 

"The more I think about it, Baxter's appointment won't excite me. It's not just about bringing back a coach who failed in the past, because I believe coaches can improve in time and can deserve a second chance, in which case the former Kaizer Chiefs coach has proven he's progressed," writes Manjoo.

"Rather, the problem is that I don't believe there's a significant difference in quality between Baxter and Gavin Hunt or Pitso Mosimane (or even Gordon Igesund). So, I'd rather select a local coach any day of the week than a foreigner at the same level.

"It's not compulsory to select a foreigner in any case. And, if we do (why?) then Baxter has advantages over Ruud Krol and Renard, in that he's worked in the PSL in recent seasons, winning honours and will know our players and culture very well.

"For those reasons I'd be relatively happy with the appointment. When you look at Safa's great ambition for this role, judging from their comments in the media, I can understand that the fans are now going to be underwhelmed," Manjoo concluded.

Well, this is exactly how the public responded:

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