It’s not yet a foregone conclusion that Dylan Kerr will return as Swallows FC head coach next season after chairman David Mogashoa confirmed to SABC Sport that talks will be held next week regarding the Englishman’s future.

Kerr has been hailed a hero for guiding the Dube Birds to safety in the DStv Premiership after winning the promotion and relegation play-offs that included AmaTuks and Cape Town All Stars earlier this month. 

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Mogashoa suggests Kerr, in fact, had underachieved and insisted that he did not save the club from relegation, though he does shield the coach from part of the blame given the situation he arrived into following Brandon Truter’s sacking in November.

“Superjourno, I hear a lot of people are saying the coach helped save the club – it’s not like we brought the coach here when we had three or five games left,” Mogashoa told SABC Sport.

“The coach had 18 games… Now if someone had 18 games and the other had five, and the one with five survives relegation, who saved the club? It’s the one with five games.

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“So, the coach had 18 games. With 18 games, you can’t say a person saved the club. The club actually almost got relegated, and with 18 games we expected to finish around maybe eighth or 10th, but not to be fighting relegation.

“So, I wouldn’t actually blame the coach entirely because he came and found the squad there, it was a bloated squad.

“There were unhappy players because most were not playing, and that’s part of the reason, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying the coach saved the club, no.”

Whether it’s Kerr who takes the Dube Birds forward or another coach will step in, the chairman says the hierarchy will give the man in charge their full support to avoid another brush with relegation.

The final decision will be made by 4 July.  

By Mazola Molefe

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