Kerr coaches Kenyan League win­ners

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Ar­gyll and Bute foot­ball de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Dy­lan Kerr now coach­ing in Kenya won the Kenyan Pre­mier League with Nairobi club Gor Mahia af­ter over­see­ing an eight-game run with­out de­feat, seven of them vic­to­ries, that has taken them 19 points clear at the top of the table.

Kerr has coached suc­cess­fully on four con­ti­nents but jobs in Scot­land have re­mained elu­sive, de­spite ref­er­ences on his CV that in­clude Gor­don Stra­chan, his for­mer team-mate at Leeds United and El­land Road boss Howard Wilkin­son.

The man­age­rial merry-gor­ound in the SPFL may have failed to of­fer him a job, but there are few as well qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced - and only a hand­ful as brave.

Kerr be­gan his ca­reer at Sh­effield Wed­nes­day be­fore sign­ing for Leeds United in

1989. In 1993 he moved to Read­ing where he made 89 ap­pear­ances.

In 1996 he signed for Kil­marnock where he made 61 ap­pear­ances in a four-year stint win­ning the Scot­tish Cup in his first sea­son.

Af­ter re­tir­ing he took up a coach­ing role in Amer­ica be­fore re­turn­ing to Scot­land and worked as Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s foot­ball de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer be­tween 2005 and 2009.

In 2009 he signed a con­tract as as­sis­tant man­ager at South African club Mpumalanga Black Aces then in 2011 he be­came academy di­rec­tor and as­sis­tant coach for Khat­aco Nha Trang in Viet­nam as well as be­ing part of the Viet­namese na­tional team.

In 2013 Kerr be­came head coach of Hai Phong lead­ing them to FA Cup suc­cess in his first sea­son.

In 2015 he joined Tan­za­nian gi­ants Simba FC guid­ing them to a top-three fin­ish. The fol­low­ing year he re­turned to the UK to be­come the un­der-18 academy coach at Ch­ester­field then in July 2017 took up his present post as head coach of Gor Ma­hai.

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