Dylan Kerr and Fani Madida at the Swallows’ training ground Wednesday. Photo: Swallows FC / Twitter
Former Baroka FC manager Wedson Nyirenda was among those Swallows FC considered for his head coach position before selecting Dylan Kerr on Tuesday.
The Birds’ coaching post became vacant after the club sacked their entire technical squad, led by head coach Brendan Truter, following a 3-1 loss to the Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto derby at Dobsonville Stadium on Sunday.
According to Swallows owner David Mogashoa, Nyirenda was interested in the job, but Kerr became the club’s overwhelming choice for his ability to save local teams from relegation.
“He is [Nyirenda] one of the people who showed interest in the job, i have to be honest. But we had to go for someone who is already there and has a proven track record against relegation.
“There were a lot of coaches from Europe and, interestingly, one from Botswana. There was a lot of interest, ”Mogashoa told City Press, without revealing the identities of the other candidates.
“We received a lot of resumes, but we looked at Kerr’s case and decided that he would be the perfect man to take the club away from what it is today. And it is thanks to his experience of having saved a number of clubs from relegation and also of winning the Nedbank Cup. [with Marumo Gallants when the club was still known as Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM)]. I think he can save us too.
England’s Kerr, who is also a former Baroka head coach, previously saved the Polokwane-based club, along with their Limpopo rivals Black Leopards and TTM, from relegation.
A look at the rebirth of Swallows FC. Graphics: Graphics24
Thanks to their triumph at Nedbank, largely attributed to then-interim coaches Mpho Maleka and David Mathebula, the Gallants are now playing in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Meanwhile, Kerr, who attended Swallows’ first training session on Wednesday, will watch the team’s next championship game from the stands if his work permit doesn’t arrive on time.
Legendary forward Fani Madiba, who until recently was responsible for the development of the Swallows, has taken the helm on a temporary basis and he could be on the bench when the Birds host Maritzburg United at Dobsonville on Saturday.
“Kerr will be sitting in the stands unless his work permit is paid for by Friday. His candidacy entered today [Wednesday]”, explained Mogashoa.
“Fani coached the team in training on Tuesday and today the new coach is here to watch. Fani was the development manager back in Truter’s time, but now the new coach wants to work with him. so help Kerr.
Swallows’ heavy loss to the Chiefs plunged the Birds to the bottom of DStv Premiership’s diary.
The Birds have won a championship game in 12 games, as they have drawn and six have been lost. This terrible record is a far cry from the team’s first season, when they were among the league contenders and finished sixth at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Truter, who took over in October 2019, steered the Birds up for promotion to the elite league two seasons ago.
Mogashoa had hinted at an impending overhaul in an interview with City Press last week and the massive removal of the tech team was inevitable.
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The Bahwiti Investments boss, however, said he was grateful to have had Truter at the helm and thanked the 44-year-old tactician from Mitchells Plain in Cape Town.