Former Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr found himself without a job for about two weeks before getting a needed call from Thohoyandou.
The Briton successfully kept Baroka FC in the DStv Premiership on the final day of the season, but it was not enough to keep his job after he publicly slammed the club’s management for interfering with his job.
Kerr has since returned to the club that first brought him to South Africa, which has left many observers wondering how the deal happened so quickly after the club sacked Belgian coach Patrick Aussems for losing three games from three?
“I planned on going to Johannesburg tomorrow [Today] to have a consultation with my lawyer‚ and then I was going to stay with a friend in Durban until a job became available or a club showed interest‚ whether in South Africa or abroad,” Kerr told TimesLIVE.
“ ... I didn’t initiate anything with Leopards or anybody – just got on with life and did all my planning just in case.
“ ... And I got a phone call on Monday morning from Chief [Thidiela‚ son of Leopards chairman David Thidiela]‚ with his father‚ saying they wanted to speak to me. And within five minutes I was watching training – David asked me to go and assess them.
“And when I came back from training I said‚ ‘Let me put an offer on the table‚ and we’ll go from there’. We agreed‚ and I started in charge of training today [Wednesday].
Kerr concluded the chat but mentioning what can the club realistically expect from his second stint at Lidoda Duvha.
“I’m 24/7 with football. And I believe I’ve got something to offer South Africa in a different way‚” he said.
“ ... I may not have won anything in South Africa yet‚ but I’ve never had a full season. Now I’ve got 27 games.
“I’m not going to say we’re going to win the league‚ I’m not going to say we’ll finish in the top four or top six. Your mandate‚ number one‚ is to stay up.
“But I don’t want that mandate. I want to challenge these players to get into the top eight. Even to finish 10th is an achievement and then we can build on that next year,” he concluded.