Departing Black Leopards coach Dylan Kerr has paid tribute to the ‘supportive’ Lidoda Duvha faithful and expressed his disappointment of not being able to take charge of the team in their presence during his second stint.
Leopards announced in the early hours of Monday that they have reached an agreement to part ways amicably with the Maltese-born coach with immediate effect.
Kerr joined Leopards in November 2020 and was in charge for nine matches; winning two, with three draws and four defeats.
“You know when you are doing a bad thing in football is when you get abuse from football supporters. Since waking up at 5am this morning I have had nothing but great messages from all the Black Leopards supporters,” Kerr told FARPost.
“But this is football, you make decisions and you got to stand by them. I am proud of what I have done at Black Leopards, like I have been proud at Baroka and at Black Leopards previously. I know the issues and I know the problems but I have dealt with them in a positive way and the supporters appreciate that.
“I appreciate the supporters more so thank you very much for your well wishes and thank you very much for the support and forever ‘Lidoda Duvha’.
“Probably the biggest disappointment is not being able to stand with the fans in the Zamalek stand, obviously with TTM playing in Thohoyandou, I would have been able to watch the game. But unfortunately with no crowd being allowed at the stadium it is strange at Thohoyandou Stadium when there are no fans,” he said.
“Even though you got a memory of what it was like last year, this year had not been the same and it does affect the team. The team has got energy from supporters and the supporters have energy from the team. Unfortunately it doesn’t end happily but from the messages you get from the supporters, I know what they think of me, I know they believe in me and that’s always the best thing in football,” added Kerr.
The 54-year-old has also confirmed to this publication that he will be remaining in South Africa for a while.
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By Ofhani Munyai