Gor Mahia new coach Dylan Kerr has called on support of the team faithful to help him return the team where it rightfully belongs. “I want Gor to be not only the biggest team in Kenya but also in Africa.
Gor is a big brand that the team has the quality to successfully challenge the best in the continent. I have always been interested in coaching a team from East Africa and Gor happens to be among my choices,” said the Englishman.
Kerr made the statement yesterday after penning a two-year deal with the 15 times Premier League champions to replace Brazilian Jose Marcelo Ferreira ‘Ze Maria’ who ditched the team early last month and subsequently joined Albania side FK Tirana.
The immediate task of the former Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United left back is to steer K’Ogalo in the historic SportPesa Super Cup clash against English Premier League side Everton at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam on Thursday.
Soon after signing the deal in the presence of Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lordvick Aduda, among other officials, the 50-year-old did not hide his love for the club, saying he has been monitoring their progress since when Bobby Williamson, his former Manager at Kilmarnock FC in the Scottish league, was at the helm as coach.
Kerr who has previously worked in Vietman and Scotland said:“I had been talking with Bobby (Williamson) and I told him how great the players he was handling were.
I was craving for a job in Kenya with a big club like Gor which has passionate fans and I’m glad the chance has come. In fact, it was Bobby who inspired me to join a top club here,” Kerr, who linked up with Gor moments before the team’s GOtv Shield Cup match against Bandari at the weekend, said he has both short- and long term goals to take the team to the next level.
The decision to appoint Kerr, who has had stints at Mpumalanga Black aces in South Africa and Simba of Tanzania among other clubs, came after Gor held an executive committee on Tuesday last week.
Kerr is currently attached to English fourth-tier side Chesterfield as their under-18 manager, and Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier expressed hope that he will bring expertise that will also enable K’Ogalo’s youth team flourish.
In the meantime, Gor executive was coy to reveal what Kerr will be paid in his contract, saying the deal was confidential. “The contractual deal is bound by discreet information.
We believe Kerr is the right man for the Gor Mahia job and we have confidence in him since he is no stranger to East African football having previously coached Simba, said Rachier.