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Matthew Booth complains that Hunt was not given a proper chance at Kaizer Chiefs

Baxter was released by the club due to the poor performance of the team under his management as they were struggling to win matchs.

Veteran Mamelodi Sundowns centre-back Matthew Booth believes Gavin Hunt was not given enough chances to operate with the Kaizer Chiefs team while his tenure there.

Hunt was hired by Chiefs in September 2020 and sacked eight months later.

He'd arrived at Naturena to join a club that had been banned from transferring players by Fifa.

Hunt was expected to lead the squad to the league title for the first time since 2015 following inheriting a team that finished second in the league title race the previous season.

It was the last time Amakhosi won a trophy, although Hunt failed domestically, whereas Chiefs had a strong showing in the Caf Champions League.

"I was disappointed that Gavin Hunt was not given the chance to use the players. "I respect the fans' and owners' need for results," Booth said.

"That's soccer, that's reality." However I doubt they could find a better man than Stuart Baxter, who has already been productive with the club. After a six-season drought, they'll be keen for some silverware. For a team of their caliber, that is unheard of."

Chiefs haven't won a trophy since winning the Premier Soccer League title in 2015, which they earned during Baxter's initial spell at Naturena.

With his arrival, Chiefs have moved into second place in the PSL rankings, eight points behind leaders Sundowns.

The combining of Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly seemed to have fueled Chiefs' ambitions to win the league.

"And the strain from their followers brings them under a lot of stress," Booth added.

"I enjoy how Dolly has bounced back so well after a stumbling start to the season. That demonstrates the player's good mentality, as he still has a lot to contribute.

"The idea that he's worked so well with [Khama] Billiat and [Bernard] Parker has been a huge plus for the Chiefs because it's taken a lot of burden off the defense."

"Baxter recognized that his centre-back combination was their Achilles' heel last season, so he has gone for a three-man defensive midfield at times, with Njabulo Ngcobo, Cole Alexander, and [Phathutshedzo Nange], who is really defensive in technique or by character." That's relieved a lot of strain from his back four."

As they try to keep up with Sundowns, Chiefs are prepared to host a difficult Cape Town City on Saturday.

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