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Zico Honeymoon Over as Kerr Takes Over Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia's quest to reclaim the Kenyan Premier League title and arrest a bumpy 2017 Kenyan Premier League campaign has seen them hire Englishman Dylan Kerr as their new manager.

 

The club confirmed that the Malta-born 50-year-old will take over the hot seat this Saturday, July 8, before the team departs for neighboring Tanzania where they will be entertaining Premier League side Everton courtesy of winning the Sportpesa Super Cup tournament.

“The decision to appoint Kerr comes after an executive committee meeting held on Tuesday evening,” a statement in the club's website stated.  

Kerr, a former defender with a number of English football sides was until his appointment the Academy Coach at English League Two club Chesterfield FC.

Kerr, during his heydays as a footballer manned the defences of the once mighty Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading FC and Burnley, all who have tasted English topflight football as well as Doncaster Rovers.

Describing his suitability for the job, Gor Mahia further added: “The 50 year-old was born in Malta and with a 13 years coaching experience, he started his coaching career in the United States with Phoenix – Arizona before finding his way to Scotland as a Football Development Officer at Argyll and Bute in 2005.

“In 2009, Dylan was appointed as an assistant manager by South African club Mpumalanga Black Aces. He also coached Tanzanian giants Simba SC in 2015-2016 season."

He will succeed caretaker boss Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno who was given a short reign following the dismissal of Brazilian Jose Marcelo Ferreira who joined Albanian side FK Tirana. Zico only managed two league games, losing 2-0 to Sofapaka before seeing his side surrender a 2-0 lead in the final quarter hour as they drew 2-2 with Ulinzi Stars.

The result was however enough to send Kogalo top of the log in goal difference after hitherto leaders Tusker were stunned 1-0 by Bandari.