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About Dylan Kerr Coach of Malumo Gallants South Africa

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About Dylan Kerr Coach of Malumo Gallants South Africa

About Dylan Kerr Coach of Malumo Gallants South Africa

About Dylan Kerr Coach of Malumo Gallants South Africa

Dylan Kerr (born 14 January 1967) is a Maltese-born English football manager and former professional footballer who played as a left back. He is currently acting head coach for South African Premier Division club Marumo Gallants.

Dylan Kerr
Personal information
Full name Dylan Kerr
Date of birth 14 January 1967 (age 56)
Place of birth Valletta, Malta
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Position(s) Left back
Team information
Current team
Marumo Gallants
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Sheffield Wednesday 0 (0)
1988–1989 Arcadia Shepherds
1989–1993 Leeds United 20 (0)
1991 → Doncaster Rovers (loan) 7 (1)
1991 → Blackpool (loan) 13 (1)
1993–1996 Reading 104 (5)
1996 Carlisle United 1 (0)
1996–2000 Kilmarnock 67 (0)
2000 Slough Town 10 (1)
2000 Kidderminster Harriers 1 (0)
2001 Hamilton Academical 17 (3)
2001 Exeter City 6 (1)
2001–2002 Greenock Morton 23 (2)
2002 East Stirlingshire 1 (2)
2002 Harrogate Town 23 (2)
2002 Gateshead 3 (0)
2003 Hamilton Academical 17 (0)
2003 Kilwinning Rangers
Managerial career
2013–2014 Hải Phòng
2015–2016 Simba
2017–2018 Gor Mahia
2018–2019 Black Leopards
2020 Baroka
2020–2021 Black Leopards
2021 Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila
2021–2022 Moroka Swallows
2022 Warriors
2023– Marumo Gallants

Playing career

Leeds United
Kerr began his playing career with Sheffield Wednesday.

After gaining playing experience in South Africa with Arcadia Shepherds, he returned to the UK and joined Leeds United in 1989.

He made a number of appearances in the Leeds United first team as they won the Division 2 and Division 1 titles, but was unable to hold down a regular starting place.

Kerr joined Reading in the summer of 1993 and won the player of the season award in his first season, as Reading won the Division 2 title.

He was part of the Reading side that finished second in Division 1 the following season but missed out on automatic promotion to the Premier League, as the division was being restructured.

Reading reached the 1995 Division 1 play-off final, but Kerr was not included in the match day squad. Reading lost 4-3 after extra-time against Bolton Wanderers.

Kilmarnock and Hamilton Academical
Kerr left Reading in 1996 to join Kilmarnock and won the 1996-97 Scottish Cup with them.

After a spell with Slough Town, he signed for Hamilton Academical in January 2001 and won the SFL Division 3 title.

Greenock Morton
After a brief spell with Exeter City, Kerr returned to Scotland and spent the 2001–02 season at Greenock Morton.[9][10][11]

Return to Hamilton Academical
Kerr had spells with Harrogate Town and Gateshead before returning to Hamilton Academical in 2003. He finished his playing career with Kilwinning Rangers.

Coaching career
Kerr has won two league titles and five cup competitions since 2014 as a head coach in Vietnam, Kenya and South Africa and has helped four South African Premier Division clubs avoid relegation after taking charge with the club in the relegation zone.

He was appointed as acting head coach at the South African Premier Division’s bottom club Marumo Gallants in January 2023. He took them out of the relegation zone during an eight game unbeaten run following his arrival and guided them into the semi-finals of the 2022–23 CAF Confederation Cup.

Introduction to coaching
After retiring as a player, Kerr coached in Phoenix, Arizona, then returned to Scotland and worked as Argyll and Bute Council’s Football Development Officer between 2005 and 2009. Kerr also worked for the Football Associations of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and qualified for various UEFA badges.

Coaching roles in South Africa and Vietnam
In September 2009, Kerr joined South African club Mpumalanga Black Aces as assistant manager.

In 2011, he was appointed as academy director and assistant coach at Khatoco in V.League 1, the top division in Vietnam. Kerr followed the franchise when it was sold to Hải Phòng. He assisted the head coach and was head of development for the younger players.

In 2012 Kerr was involved with the Vietnamese national team for the AFF Championship, assisting the technical bench and heading the fitness programme.

Hải Phòng
In 2013 Kerr became head coach of Hải Phòng, leading them to success in the Vietnam National Cup in his first season

Burton Albion, Simba and return to UK
In 2015, Kerr was Burton Albion Academy’s Under-18s head coach, before joining Tanzanian Premier League club Simba as head coach. He guided the team into the top three in the league.[19][20]

In 2016, he returned to the UK and was appointed as the Under-18s academy coach at Chesterfield.

Gor Mahia
In July 2017, Kerr was confirmed as head coach of Gor Mahia.[22][23][24]

He won the Kenyan Premier League manager of the month award in September 2017 on his way to winning the league title in his first season. He won the Kenyan Premier League coach of the month award again in June 2018.

Kerr completed a trophy treble in 2018, winning the Kenyan Premier League, Kenyan Super Cup and SportPesa Super Cup, as well as securing qualification for the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup group stages.

Black Leopards
In November 2018, Kerr was appointed as manager of Black Leopards in the South African Premier Division.[32]

He won the coach of the month award in January 2019, becoming the first Leopards coach in 10 years to win the accolade, and helped Leopards avoid relegation.

In January 2020, Kerr was appointed as the head coach of Baroka.[36]

Kerr kept Baroka in the South African Premier Division, but Baroka suspended him in November 2020 for what the club described as ‘undermining the chairman and owner in a post-match press conference’. With three years remaining on his contract, Kerr decided to take legal action for unfair dismissal and won his case.

Black Leopards return and cup success with TTM
He returned to Black Leopards in November 2020, then was appointed head coach at Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in February 2021 and won the Nedbank Cup during his time in charge.[40][41]

Moroka Swallows and Warriors cup success
In November 2021, Kerr was appointed as the head coach of Moroka Swallows with Swallows in the South African Premier Division relegation zone.

He guided Swallows to safety via the play-offs, but his contract was not renewed and he left the club in September 2022.

During his time as Swallows manager, Kerr was appointed as manager of the Warriors side for the DStv Compact Cup, a mid-season competition featuring players from PSL teams representing different regions in South Africa. Warriors lifted the trophy after a win against Coastal United at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 29 January 2022.

Marumo Gallants
In January 2023, Kerr was appointed as acting head coach for South African Premier Division club Marumo Gallants with the club at the bottom of the division and on a run of eight games without a win, having won just two PSL games all season.

Kerr was named as technical consultant, but revealed that he is acting as head coach while waiting for his work permit to be approved.

Following Kerr’s appointment, Gallants won their next four games and went on an unbeaten eight game PSL run.

Kerr’s first game in charge, a 2–0 victory against PSL rivals Sekhukhune United, was followed by a 3–1 win in the Nedbank Cup against Magesi. Gallants then won their first two games in the CAF Confederation Cup, a 4–1 victory against Al Akhdar and a 2–1 win against Saint Eloi Lupopo.]

Unbeaten PSL run
Marumo Gallants were sitting at the bottom of the table, on an eight game run without victory and having won just two South African Premier Division games all season before Kerr’s appointment.

Gallants won Kerr’s first game in charge, a 2–0 victory against PSL rivals Sekhukhune United, and went on an eight game unbeaten run in the PSL following Kerr’s arrival.

A 1–1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs took Gallants off the bottom of the table and a 3–1 win against relegation rivals Chippa United took them out of the relegation zone.

A 0-0 draw against high-flying SuperSport United – who moved up to second place as a result – and a 2-2 draw at Maritzburg United extended Gallants’ unbeaten PSL run to eight games, before a 2-0 defeat against 2022-23 PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns brought the unbeaten run to an end.

CAF Confederation Cup success
Under Kerr’s guidance, Marumo Gallants reached the 2022–23 CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals.

Kerr’s side qualified for the quarter-finals, as South Africa’s sole representatives in the competition, with one group game to spare – and came from 2-0 down to beat Saint Eloi Lupopo 3–2 to finish top of their group.

Gallants drew their quarter-final, first leg game 1-1 against 2021-22 Egyptian Premier League runners-up Pyramids in Cairo, and secured their semi-final place with a 1-0 win in the return leg.

Gallants will take on 2021-22 Tanzanian Premier League champions Young Africans in the two legged semi-finals, with the first leg in Tanzania on May 10 and the return leg in South Africa on May 17.

Personal life
Kerr was born in Valletta, Malta, but grew up in Mexborough, England.

He was exposed to voodoo practices as part of an initiation ceremony when he joined South African club Arcadia Shepherds in 1988 as a 21-year-old. He revealed that he stood in a bath, naked apart from his football boots, as the heads were cut off three live chickens and their blood was poured on him.

Kerr says he is lucky to be alive after he was involved in a car accident during his time as a player at Reading FC. He was driving and had a passenger in the car. Recalling the incident during a Q&A conversation with Reading fans on the “1871” podcast in June 2022, he said: “A car came up and I lost control and I hit the car. Luckily I didn’t hit it head on – if I’d hit it head on we’d have both been dead.”

Kerr was married in 1995 at the age of 28, but the marriage ended within a year.

In September 2022, Kerr was inducted into the Reading FC Hall of Fame.[106]

On 26 December 2022, he was robbed at gunpoint in Durban, South Africa.

Honours and achievements
As a player

Sheffield Wednesday – 1983–84: Promotion to EFL Division 1

Arcadia Shepherds

1986–87: BP Cup winners
Leeds United

1989–90: EFL Division 2 winners
1991–92: EFL Division 1 winners

1991–92: Promotion to EFL Division 2

1993–94: EFL Division 2 winners
1994–95: EFL Division 1 runners-up

1996–97: Scottish Cup winners
Hamilton Academical

2000–01: SFL Division 3 winners
As a manager

Hải Phòng

2013–14: Vietnam National Cup winners[118]
Gor Mahia

2017: Kenyan Premier League winners.
2018: Kenyan Premier League winners.
2018: Kenyan Super Cup winners.
2018: SportPesa Super Cup winners.
2018: Qualification for CAF Confederation Cup group stage.
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila

2020–21: Nedbank Cup winners

2022: DStv Compact Cup winners[125]
Marumo Gallants

2023: CAF Confederation Cup semi-finals

PFA Team of the Year: 1993–94 Second Division
Reading FC player of the season 1993–94
Reading FC Hall of Fame inductee
Kenyan Premier League coach of the month – September 2017
Kenyan Premier League coach of the month – June 2018
South African Premier Division manager of the month – January 2019


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