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Rollers eye ex -Leopards coach

Publishing Date : 11 June, 2019

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Former Black Leopards head coach Dylan Kerr has made a second contact with premiership champions Township Rollers about possibilities of becoming their next gaffer. Kerr was first contacted in May of 2017 to lead the club before Rollers management settled for nomadic Nikola Kavazovic.


Rollers administration has since advertised the head coach post, further fuelling speculation that Rudolph Zapata’s tenure might not extend into the next coming season. On the other hand, Kerr confirmed to South African media that he has left Black Leopards after guiding them to safety on the last day of the season‚ winning an Absa Premiership coach of the month award along the way. Rollers has won 4 titles in a row and interestingly, each cup was brought home by a different coach.


Mark Harrison, Mogomotsi Mpote, Nikola Kavasovic and Rudolph Zapata have each won the title in their first season at Rollers but all encountered difficulties in their next chapters. Kerr has told SA media houses that family pressures in England have forced him to tender a resignation but vehemently denied to have extended his contract by a further 4 years. Kerr is also seen as a highly rated tactician who can also transform Rollers season from a point of glory to another. The management is believed to be giving the Rollers coaching job the seriousness it deserves.  


The arrival of Kavazovic two seasons ago showed a measure of significance in traversing new territories. How and why the club chose to replace Kavazovic with Zapata is still a subject of ongoing debate. Some inside Rollers sources claim that Zapata was the only immediate available candidate. It is further claimed that finances also played part in Rollers’ thinking when he was first considered. It is widely believed he was getting a lower salary than the double winning Kavazovic.


Sources point out that Rollers would want Kerr to command a salary scale same as Kavasovic but any other changes will be effected if need arises. Kavazovic was earning salary in the region of p50 000 excluding winning bonuses. While Rollers is steadfast on its insistency that nobody is crossing their mind in supplanting Zapata, this publication learns that the Gaborone giants will publicly address the coaching issue as soon as the season ends.


A key consideration at the Jagdish Shah driven project is a possible public backlash when it finally agrees with the former Black Leopards coach more especially that it is not clear if he will replicate what Kavasovic has done for the club in the past. It is in this regard that some within Rollers management would want the team to fight for Zapata to stay despite over pouring complaints that he has ran out of ideas before his Rollers journey could begin. There are others who claim that the Rollers playing philosophy should be carried along should Kerr be hired. On paper, it is argued that Kerr has more African football experience than both Kavazovic and Zapata , and this will be a telling factor working towards him.

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