Brandon Truter AmaZulu

AmaZulu interim coach Brandon Truter is set to keep the job. Photo: Backpagepix

Step aside Stuart Baxter, Brandon Truter set to keep AmaZulu job

AmaZulu interim coach Brandon Truter is reportedly set to remain in the top job despite Stuart Baxter also being linked with the role.

Brandon Truter AmaZulu

AmaZulu interim coach Brandon Truter is set to keep the job. Photo: Backpagepix

Earlier this season, Benni McCarthy was surprisingly let go by AmaZulu, and it’s recently been reported that the club could look at former Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter as a potential replacement.

Baxter was said to have been included on a shortlist of candidates, while other names that were listed included Brandon Truter, who is currently holding the job in an interim capacity.

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In fact, since Truter has been in charge, Usuthu have won three games and drawn three, while they have not conceded a goal during that time.

According to reports, those recent results and his favourable management style is expected to be enough to see the veteran coach backed to remain in the top job permanently.

“He is a very disciplined guy, they know him, the players know him and the guys at the back love him,” a Phakaaathi source commented. “He has been able to bring some positive vibes at the club, so the management know him as well. What I know is that there is a contract that is waiting for him, it has already been drafted and everybody is just waiting for him to sign.

“Anyway, one can see the positive things. Coach Truter has been the light at the club. We have been doing well and I don’t think there is any reason in going out to find a new coach when he is already here.”

Recently, Truter himself suggested he was confident of keeping the job.

We are having talks on Tuesday,” Truter has said in reference to discussions around his future at AmaZulu.

“Currently, it looks positive, it’s three wins and three draws, no goals conceded and no losses as well. For now, I’m feeling confident and God willing I will have the job. We are in the process of planning pre-season and setting up camps and with my input as well, so it looks very positive.”

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Interestingly, it was Truter himself who confirmed that Baxter was on the list for the coaching post, but he subsequently also revealed that he has has held talks with club president Sandile Zungu about plans for the next season.

“I see Stuart Baxter is also on the list (for the coaching post),” Truter said in a recent report by the Daily Sun

“I’m having constant discussions with the president on pre-season and what [players] we should like to keep and players we want to bring in for next season.

“But in football only when you put on paper then it is a done deal. But the president is a man of his word and a man of integrity. So we are leaning towards that (of planning for next season), but I’ve been in football for too long I count my chickens before they hatch.”

Sundowns senior coach Steve Komphela and former SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo have also been linked with the top job at Usuthu.

AmaZulu are currently sixth on the PSL standings

Truter has also made it clear that he would want to take charge of the team full-time, while hoping continued success will prevent AmaZulu bosses from looking elsewhere.

“Yes, I want to make it as difficult as possible for other coaches to apply.

“Of course I have the privilege of the interview while I’m at the club. I think that counts in my favour and God willing, if I get the job, for me it might be easy because I know the structure and I know what the club is about and we can start the pre-season hitting the ground running.”

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