Former Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr might have looked lively and happy during his 16-month stint in Kenya, yet details have now emerged of how much he suffered in silence.
The English coach quit from this role this past week after leading the club to two back-to-back league titles.
He also broke now ground by guiding the Kenyan champions to an unprecedented appearance in the group stage of the prestigious Caf Confederation Cup during his final season.
However, Nairobi News can now reveal the coach’s endless tribulations at the club, especially towards the end of his tenure.
Word has it the Kerr’s salary was consistently in arrears, sometimes stretching to four months.
Worse, there was a point electricity and water supply at his Kileleshwa apartment were disconnected owing to delay in payments.
SWIMMING POOL SHOWER
This forced the coach to occasionally take his showers in a swimming pool located within the premises.
“Kerr is the only coach who could have persevered at Gor Mahia, imagine a coach staying in a house without electricity and water and having to shower in a swimming pool because of rent arrears,” the club’s organizing secretary Judith Nyangi, said when word came out that the coach had resigned.
The Briton was also a regular visitor at the local food joints in Kilimani near Yaya Centre, not because he liked it that way, but because his pockets could not allow him to have a proper meal.
WALKED TO WORK
And that’s not all.
The trainer faced the last three months of his stay in Kenya walking through the estimated 12km to work and back home.
Reason? Because the car allocated to him by his employer had broken down and the club was taking too much time to get it fixed.
With the benefit of hindsight, perhaps all these tribulations are what influenced the former Simba coach’s decision to leave the club.