This has been the fourth time coach Dylan Kerr has saved a local top-flight team from relegation and he has now had enough, he says.
Kerr helped Swallows FC survive at the last gasp in the PSL promotion and relegation play-offs after beating University of Pretoria 1-0 at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.
Before retaining the Beautiful Birds’ status, the British tactician previously helped Baroka FC, Black Leopards and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila – now renamed Marumo Gallants – avoid the drop at the last minute.
However, the former Gor Mahia mentor has declared that, although he is honoured by his ‘survival specialist’ tag, he is fed up with finding himself in the same situation over again.
“It’s always up to the players to make that choice for me, and the three previous times I’ve not been in the playoffs,” Kerr told the media after the match.
“When you win or lose, it’s always nice to experience something like this, but I’ve had enough of doing this, I’m fed up of being labelled as the coach that keeps teams up.
“It’s a great honour, especially when you don’t know the circumstances that are involved in this. There are things that happen off the field that are very detrimental to football, to the technical team and the players, and their families.”
It remains uncertain whether Kerr will continue at the Soweto outfit next season but he is comfortable leaving the decision up to club chairman David Mogashoa, while he attends to personal matters back home in England.
“No, my contract is finished at the end of the season, you know, I came for six months. It’s something that we both agreed to – myself and the chairman,” he confirmed.
“But I need to go home to the UK, I’ve got some personal issues that I need to solve. It’s 29 months I’ve been here [in South Africa] now, it’s been a long time since I’ve been home.
“Since my Mom passed away, I’ve not been able to go and sort my personal life out, so that’s an issue I need to deal with next week, and then it’s up to the chairman.
“In football, there are so many coaches looking for jobs now, the chairman – I’m hoping – is happy with what we’ve done, and I hope he’s happy with the way we’ve played.
“Nobody wants to be in this situation, and I don’t want to ever be in this situation again.”
By Velile Mnyandu