Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs are already in relegation form in the early part of the current DStv Premiership campaign following a dismal start.
Well-travelled coach Stuart Baxter's return as the club's master tactician has not gotten off to the desired start, with huge pressure mounting on him to turn the tide.
The Glamour Boys have so far garnered just five points from as many games out of a possible 15 since the current campaign got underway.
Chiefs are also currently sat in 13th position having won just a single match, drawing two and succumbing to two consecutive defeats in the process.
It goes without saying that the club's indifferent early form has infuriated fans who had hoped for improved displays following a squad overhaul as well as the arrival of Baxter.
And with Amakhosi undergoing a trophy drought over the last six campaigns, the Chiefs faithful have already ran out of patience with the English mentor, calling for the club's management to pull the trigger and release him from his contract while it's still early.
Despite the addition of several new players such as Sibusiso Mabiliso, Njabulo Ngcobo, Austin Dube, Kgaogelo Sekgota, Keagan Dolly, Cole Alexander, Sifiso Hlanti, Brandon Peterson and Phathutshedzo Nange, Chiefs are yet to knuckle down a winning formula.
If one was to look at when Baxter first took charge of Chiefs, it is quite evident that the team that Chiefs have now is nowhere near the quality of the one that Baxter had when they won four trophies in three seasons.
His team boasted a solid back four of Tsepo Masilela, Tefu Mashamaite, Eric Mathoho and Siboniso Gaxa, who were fantastic in contributing goals from set pieces.
Going forward the likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Mandla Masango, Bernard Parker and George Lebese just to name a few, could play Baxter’s way by soaking up the pressure and catch the opposition on transitional play.
When Chiefs beat rivals Orlando Pirates to lift the Carling Cup, they received all plaudits for their attacking style with some even suggesting that we could well see the rebirth of the Phefeni Glamour Boys, but that performance did not last going into the new season.
In fact, the last time Baxter led Chiefs, he accrued 15 points after five games in a perfect record on his way to winning the league, but after the same number of games has five points, eight points adrift of defending league champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
Below, we take a look at two top coaches who could fill in the Chiefs hotseat should the club opt to finally show Baxter the exit door:
2. Arthur Zwane
A club legend, Zwane needs to introduction having worked with the club's development structures since retiring from football back in 2010.
The senior squad has benefited hugely from Zwane's tremendous work with the juniors, with no less than 10 junior players having being promoted to the first team in the past three to four years.
Following the sacking of Gavin Hunt, Zwane steered Amakhosi to a top-eight finish in the final two games of the season to finish in the top-half of the table and qualified for the MTN8 competition.
The 48-year-old has already been touted as a future Chiefs head coach given his knowledge of the club's culture over the years.
1. Pitso Mosimane
Despite having won five trophies in under just two seasons with Egyptian giants Al Ahly, Pitso Mosimane is reportedly about to get the axe due to failure to win the Egyptian Premier League and Super Cup, according to reports coming out of Egypt.
Pitso and his entire backroom staff were recently slapped with a fine by the club chairman for their Super Cup failure.
Recent reports coming out of Egypt have already suggested that the 'Club of the Century' are in talks with a German coach to replace Mosimane ahead of the new season.
Though he has remained a huge rival of both Chiefs and Pirates during his days at Sundowns, Mosimane has vowed to never return to Chloorkop following treatment he received during his visit on the opposite dug out, when Sundowns fans holding placards enroute to the stadium swore at him and his mother.
Pitso's arrival Naturena will without a doubt put the club back where it belongs which could even see them go in search of the CAF Champions League star once again.
The Naturena-based outfit are in for a tough run of upcoming matches with AmaZulu, Chippa United, Stellenbosch FC, SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates all waiting in the wing, which could well determine Baxter's future!
Should Chiefs show Baxter the door, which coach would be ideal to steer the Amakhosi ship forward?
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