Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele insists they were within their rights to dismiss former coach Dylan Kerr and believes the PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) will rule in their favour.
Kerr was fired by Baroka in November 2020 with two years remaining on his contract, for allegedly bringing the club into disrepute and insubordination.
But the 54-year-old took the matter to the DRC citing unfair dismissal. This publication has it on good authority that Kerr is demanding full compensation for the two years which was left on his three-year deal.
The first hearing sat in March 2021 but was postponed to a new date yet to be confirmed.
Speaking to FARPost on the sidelines of the unveiling of new signings at the Baroka Village on Wednesday, Mphahlele said he remains confident that the former Leeds United player will not succeed with his claim.
“The coach has a right to a fair hearing if he thinks we didn’t give him a fair hearing at the club, then he has a right to go to the DRC.
“Based on our case, I don’t see him succeeding because we have the precedence of a similar case where the previous one didn’t succeed, so I don’t see him succeeding too,” he said.
Mphahlele also conceded that the case is at a stage where it cannot be solved outside of the DRC.
“I don’t think so because he is someone who can’t say he is sorry. So I don’t know how we can solve that because if we say as a club that he is doing something that we don’t like but he insists it is his right to do what we think is wrong, then there is no way we can sit down and resolve it,” he said.
This publication also made contact with Kerr for a comment without success.
Kerr is currently jobless after his contract at Marumo Gallants came to an end on Wednesday, 30 June. The Maltese born mentor allegedly turned down a new offer after being offered way less than what he was earning when he helped the team survive relegation and win the 2021 Nedbank cup.
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By Ofhani Munyai