Stuart Baxter named as Finland’s new coach

Finland have named Englishman Stuart Baxter as their new coach replacing compatriot Roy Hodgson with a view to qualifying the country for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Hodgson left the position after failing to qualify Finland for the Euro 2008 finals and he subsequently took over as manager of English Premier league side Fulham.

The 54-year-old Baxter was in charge of the South African national side from 2004-2005 and has been coach at several Swedish clubs including Helsingborg since 2006.

Finland, who have never before qualified for the World Cup finals, have been drawn in a tough group that includes Germany, Russia, Wales, Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein.