Dylan Kerr: From winning titles to relegation battles

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After winning two successive titles with Kenyan giants Gor Mahia, coach Dylan Kerr has achieved back-to-back success in the South African top division, this time around of a different kind.

Kerr arrived in the country late in 2018 from Mahia, to take over at Black Leopards who were languishing at the bottom half of the table and in danger of being relegated.

He quickly changed the fortunes and secured a 13th place finish for the club.

The former Leeds United player found himself in the same situation again this season, this time around at Leopards’ neighbours Baroka.

It took a 1-1 draw against title-chasers Kaizer Chiefs on the last day of the season to repeat the same feat again for the 53-year-old mentor.

But that doesn’t bother the Maltese-born coach who says he embraces both ‘achievements’ equally.

“Both feel amazing in different circumstances, teams in Kenya wanted to beat Gor Mahia and in South Africa, everyone had written off Leopards and Baroka before the start (of the season),” Kerr told FARPost.

“When I joined halfway through when both clubs were bottom and favourites to go down. My dedication, hard work, energy and belief in my players were the same and whilst winning leagues or surviving leagues my philosophy and learning from mentors who have always been winners is part of me.

“I try to install that word winners in my players and remember my job is 1 000 times harder than teams in Europe,” said Kerr.

The 2020-21 season will be the first time the coach starts a campaign from the beginning in South Africa and it remains to be seen what kind of impact this will have on the ‘Bakgaga’ side.

Kerr joined Baroka on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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