A few days ago, Dylan Kerr was busy making travelling arrangements to return back to the UK after parting ways with Baroka, but a call from Black Leopards chairman, David Thidiela changed everything.
Thidiela’s call was to offer Kerr the head coach position, for his second stint at the club, an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The 53-year-old subsequently signed a three-year-deal at Lidoda Duvha to take over from Belgian coach Patrick Aussems, who was dismissed after a poor start to the season.
“It feels good to be back but it was unexpected and after a long six weeks, which probably was the worst six weeks of my career,” Kerr told FARPost, referring to his suspension at Baroka and eventual sacking.
“I was asked by the chairman to come and assess the team, then the following day offered the role as head coach – it was a good move. The weekend results with Black Leopards winning (1-0 against Maritzburg United) and keeping a clean sheet was the one most important things we had to do.
“We can’t win the games if we can’t keep a clean sheet so I was very pleased with the players’ performance but I was pleased with their attitude. They played with a smile, they played with some energy and they played with an enjoyment, unfortunately our fans were not there to support us which was weird, because this is one of the best supported clubs outside of the Soweto pair of Chiefs and Pirates,” he said.
The former Leeds United player admits that although he would want to stay even longer at the club, he will take it one day at a time.
“Look, football is strange. You never know what is going to happen day by day but it’s up to the players to keep me here. I always say to them when I left the last time I was here, obviously I left because of my mom.
“But I said to them, don’t lose me because I love the job, I love what I do. When I train, I encourage the players to enjoy training and to go out and enjoy games so as long as the players keep getting the results then I am here,” added Kerr.
Leopards will travel to Mangaung on Wednesday for a League encounter against Bloemfontein Celtic, but Kerr is unlikely to be sitting on the bench pending his work permit.
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By Ofhani Munyai