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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 November 2005, 16:05 GMT
South Africa coach resigns
Stuart Baxter
Baxter said his job had been made untenable by South African officials
South Africa are looking for a new national coach following the resignation of Stuart Baxter.

The Englishman's decision to quit on Tuesday came eight months before the end of his contract.

Baxter had been expected to take Bafana Bafana to next January's African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt but it was thought unlikely he would be offered an extension to his contract.

The 52-year-old had speculated about his own future recently, demanding the removal of several South African FA staff whom he accused of undermining his work.

Baxter had been in the job for less than two years but failed to lead South Africa to next year's World Cup finals.

Bafana Bafana collapsed in the final stages of their qualifying campaign and their failure to qualify is a major embarrassment to the country hosting the World Cup finals in 2010.

Baxter was hired in April 2004 to forge a disparate group of players into a formidable side.

He initially had success in persuading leading players, like Benni McCarthy and midfielder Quinton Fortune, to play for their country once again.

But he was unable to secure their continued commitment.

South African FA officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss Baxter's possible successor before the Nations Cup starts on 20 January.

Readmitted to world football in 1992, South Africa have employed 11 coaches in 13 years of international competition.

Carlos Queiroz, now the assistant coach of Manchester United, was sacked shortly before the 2002 World Cup, while Clive Barker was dismissed six months before going to the 1998 tournament in France.


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