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Last Updated: Monday, 21 November 2005, 19:35 GMT
Baxter explains quit decision
Stuart Baxter
Baxter felt his views were not being given enough respect
Former South Africa coach Stuart Baxter has explained his decision to quit Bafana Bafana, blaming problems with dealing with officials at the South African Football Association (Safa).

South Africa lost their 11th coach in 13 years when Baxter resigned on Tuesday. He had been under pressure since the team's failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

But Baxter told BBC World Service's World Football programme that Safa had not been addressing problems that he believed needed sorting out.

"I think that was a contributing factor to some of the poorer results we were getting," he said.

"When you live with the frustration, and you feel more and more important in putting things right, you start to feel that you're misleading people.

"I don't want to mislead people into thinking that we can produce a world class team if I believe in my heart of hearts that, without doing certain things, we won't be able to."

'Not well respected'

Baxter added that he felt the problems had reached the point where leaving his post was the "right thing to do," explaining the he wanted to leave with "integrity" without going through sackings or painful negotiations.

If you can't unite everybody, you will not fulfil the potential
Stuart Baxter
He also said he had concluded that the future for South Africa's preparations for the 2010 World Cup, which they will host, would start "immediately" - and this preparation had to begin with the next tournament, the 2006 African Cup Of Nations.

But Baxter explained that he felt all his strategies towards future success had not been implemented, leaving him with no option but to leave his post.

"You tend to get the feeling that your views on how the future should look are not very well respected," he added.

"You think that whoever is their view of the future should take the team to the Cup Of Nations... I [quit] for that reason."

He also said that he had some "simple advice" for whoever succeeded him in the post.

"If you don't address the issues that previous coaches have been unable to address - if you can't even get help from the politicians and the major power-brokers and stakeholders in the game in South Africa to form some common ground... you're going to find it massively difficult to unite everybody behind one cause," he said.

"If you can't unite everybody, you will not fulfil the potential."

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