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Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter pens long-term deal to stay at Seaview

Stephen Baxter
Stephen Baxter
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter has signed a new five-year deal at the club.

The 52-year-old took over the Seaview club in 2005 and has since led the club to two Danske Bank Premiership titles.

They didn't come easy - in fact Baxter had to endure relegation at the hands of Glenavon in a 2005 play-off. The former striker led the club back to the top tier the following season and has won a total of ten trophies in his 13 years in charge.

The most recent came in the County Antrim Shield win last month. Crusaders are currently three points clear of Coleraine at the top of the league table.

Baxter will remain with the club until 2023.

Chairman Stephen Bell said: “Stephen has been the keystone in our clubs development and success since 2005. He has brought unparalleled professionalism, drive, enthusiasm, and of course success to our club. Stephen is the man to lead our club as we move forward and implement our recently published 2018-2022 club strategy.”

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