Supersport parts ways with Igesund, Baxter set to take charge

Matsatsantsa informed Igesund his contract will not be renewed at the end of this season.

FILE: Gordon Igesund. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Supersport United confirmed it has parted ways with Gordon Igesund.

The team, known as Matsatsantsa, informed Igesund his contract will not be renewed at the end of this season.

Former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana manager Stuart Baxter is set to replace Igesund pending the finalisation of his work permit.

Baxter guided Kaizer Chiefs to two league titles in three seasons and also won the Nedbank Cup and MTN8 in a decorated and successful period for the Amakhosi.

While Baxter awaits his clearance, assistant coach Kaitano Tembo and academy technical director Kwanele Kopo will be taking interim charge.

Supersport United CEO Stan Matthews praised Igesund's influence at the club.

"Gordon turned our fortunes around last season and ensured his legacy at the club. By winning the Telkom Cup, we became one of the few clubs in history to win a clean sweep of domestic trophies. We will remain appreciative of that as well as for the way he has been as a coach and an ambassador with our stakeholders and sponsors. He is a thorough professional. Unfortunately the results and player performances have not matched our expectations and we felt it fair to tell Gordon early that we are looking to the future for next season and beyond."

Igesund took charge of Matsatsantsa in September 2014 leading them to Telkom Cup glory as well as a top-six finish.

However, this season has seen results not go their way and they are currently tenth on the log, five points away from second-from-bottom Tuks.

Igesund himself praised the club.

"It is a sad day for me as I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Supersport United, working with an incredibly professional club and group of people, but I honestly felt that it was in the best interests of the football club that I move on prior to the end of my contract to afford a new coach the opportunity to work with this group of players as soon as possible."

Igesund understood the reality of football and wished Supersport well.

"I am not content, as I would have liked to achieve more but I am pleased to have been able to win a trophy for the club in my relatively short time in charge. This is the reality of football worldwide and I wish Supersport and the players all the best in their future endeavours."