Safa caught between a rock and a hard place with Kaizer Chiefs' pursuit of Stuart Baxter

The former England under-19 coach is reportedly said to be keen on leaving his post as Bafana coach

The South African Football Association (Safa) are reportedly willing to part ways with Kaizer Chiefs target Stuart Baxter.

The Chiefs coaching job is vacant since Steve Komphela resigned towards the end of the 2017/18 season having failed to win a major trophy with the Soweto giants.

Amakhosi are known to have identified Baxter as a possible replacement for Komphela ahead of the new 2018/19 campaign. 

Baxter had a successful spell with Chiefs between 2012 and 2015 as the head coach - winning four major trophies including two Premier Soccer League (PSL) titles.

The accomplished tactician is still tied down to a five-year deal with Safa, which he signed last year having won two Nedbank Cup trophies with SuperSport United

The latest reports have indicated that Safa are open to letting Baxter go with the 64-year-old trainer having failed to guide Bafana Bafana to the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals. 

Safa cannot afford to breach Baxter's contract by terminating his deal as they would be forced to pay a huge financial settlement to Baxter, who is earning R1 million a month.

In 2012, Safa lost R20 million when they terminated Pitso Mosimane's contract as Bafana coach. 

A Safa insider told Isolezwe that Baxter is keen to leave his job as he is unhappy with how things are done at Safa. 

“Baxter is no longer needed at Safa, but the problem is the payment to buy him out of his contract," the source said.

"He is not happy at Safa as Bafana coach because of how the association operates. The issue is on how to part ways with the coach without involving money," the source added.

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Four months ago, Baxter revealed that he was unhappy with Safa after the organisation had failed to consult him about plans for the March 2018

"It is now up to Baxter whether he leaves without the money or he will be dismissed and receive millions like Pitso did. The problem is reaching an amicable settlement with him," the source concluded.

It remains to be seen if Baxter's contract will be terminated by mutual consent if a deal is concluded between Chiefs and Safa is reached.