- Dylan Kerr's work permit issues with Swallows FC could force the club into an unpleasant corner
- A source close to The Birds said that they might consider appointing another one to replace Kerr
- The Maltese-born coach has missed the start of the season as he awaits approval from the Department of Home Affairs to continue working in South Africa
Swallows FC's hand could be force if coach Dylan Kerr continues to struggle awaiting the renewal of his work permit by the Department of Home Affairs.
Kerr, who is from Malta, has missed the start of the 2022/23 season, prevented from being in the coach's dugout as the inexplicably long wait for his work permit continues. Musa Nyatama has stood in for him as a player-manager.
A source close to The Birds told The Citizen:
“It is a tricky situation for the club and leaves them with a conundrum – they now have to make a decision on the coaching issue. I have heard that they have lined up another coach who could take charge should it come to the extent that Kerr is released or resigns."
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The publication revealed that Swallows could be looking at German coach Ernst Middendorp, who is no stranger to coaching in South Africa. He now has citizenship, and was spotted at all Swallows matches during the PSL Play-Off Tournament at the end of last season as they escaped relegation. Maritzburg United parted ways with Middendorp days before that tournament after he also helped the team escape relegation.
The source added:
“Now that this permit issue has come to the fore, it forces the team’s hand on making a decision on Kerr. The team wants nothing to do with relegation this season having learnt their lessons last term.”
Swallows FC coach Dylan Kerr's work permit struggles continue
Swallows FC coach Dylan Kerr's immediate working future remains up in the air.
As reported by Sports Brief, the Maltese-born coach has had to sit out the first three of The Birds' DStv Premiership matches as he wrangles with the Department of Home Affairs for the renewal of his work permit.
In that time Swallows lost 1-0 to Orlando Pirates, defeated Cape Town City 3-2 and drew 0-0 with Maritzburg United.
Source: Sports Brief News