Englishman Dylan Kerr was appointed to replace Brazilian Marcelo Ferreira as Gor Mahia’s New Coach. Kerr was unveiled by the team’s major sponsor SportsPesa on July 10th 2017 at the Sarova Stanley hotel.
The New Gor Mahia coach who has at least three years experience as manager/head coach beat 12 other contenders to the top job which became vacant following Brazilian Marcelo Ferreira’s resignation.
Ferreira resigned in June 2017 without stating a reason, however, many believe it was as a result of family commitment.
Less than a day after his resignation, he landed a job in Europe as coach of Albania side KF Tirana which is the country’s most successful team in European competitions.
The Brazillian coach stayed at Gor Mahia for about a year and three months and led Kenya’s most successful side to the SportPesa Super Cup title early this year, 2017, however, he failed to bring the side the coveted Kenyan Premier League title which they last won in 2014.
Gor Mahia looks to end her KPL title drought with the appointment of former English defender Dylan Kerr.
Dylan was signed to a two-year deal which could be up for renewal depending on his performance at the side.
Speaking of his new job Kerr expressed excitement saying;
“This is a fantastic club and I was so excited when I got the call that I felt as if I could swim to Kenya. Gor Mahia has a big and good reputation. Every coach who has been here speaks highly of the team and I am happy to be here.”
His first match as Gor Mahia manager was a friendly against English Premier League side Everton on June 13th 2017.
The match ended 2: 1 in favour of Everton. Wayne Rooney scored the opener in the 35th minute which was also his first goal in an Everton shirt since his return to the Toffees from Manchester United.
Gor Mahia earned the chance to play the EPL side as a result of their 2017 SportPesa Super Cup win, where they beat fellow Kenyan side A.F.C. Leopards in the final of the 8-team tournament.
In anticipation of his performance in Kenya, Here Is A Look At Some Quick Facts About The Englishman, Dylan Kerr
Dylan Kerr was born on 14 January 1967 in Valletta, Malta.
A defender, Kerr’s professional football career began in 1984 at Sheffield Wednesday.
He has played for a plethora of Scottish and English side among them Leeds United, Reading and Kilmarnock F.C. with which he won the Scottish Cup.
His most successful playing career was with Reading between 1993 and 1996 where he made 89 appearances and scored 5 goals. In his debut season at Reading, he won the Football League Second Division title.
In the new millennium, 2000, Kerr’s playing career was marred by a groin injury, that saw him sidelined for over a year. He was playing for Kilmarnock F.C. at the time.
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Kerr played football for three more years before hanging his boots in 2003. Throughout his playing career, Kerr scored 15 goals from 248 appearances.
Almost Immediately after retirement, Kerr launched a coaching career, beginning first in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
He has had stints with the footballing associations of Northern Ireland, England and Scotland.
As of this writing, Dylan Kerr has won 1 silverware as manager — the 2014 Vietnamese National Cup with Hải Phòng.
Kerr is no stranger to African football.
Apart from coaching in Western and Asian Countries (Vietnam’s Hải Phòng) countries, Dylan Kerr has managed a number of African club sides in Tanzania and South Africa.
In the recent past, he managed Tanzanian side Simba SC.
Upon his appointment in Kenya, Kerr was the under-18 academy coach at Chesterfield.
This isn’t the first time Gor Mahia has showed interest in Dylan Kerr. In 2014, before he coached in Tanzania, Kerr was offered a job at Gor Mahia but he turned it down.
Upon his appointment to Kenya’s biggest club, Kerr revealed to Scottish Sun;
“I had the chance to come to Gor Mahia three years ago. Bobby (his former boss) left the club to take over the national team and he recommended me for the job, but I was working in Vietnam at the time.