Former Gor Mahia tactician admits to coaching without tactics and formations

Monday, October 24th, 2022 14:45 | By
Dylan Kerr issuing instructions on the touchline during his coaching days at Gor Mahia PHOTO/Dylan Kerr Twitter

Former Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr has admitted that he does not use any tactics and formations in preparing his team for upcoming fixtures.

The Irishman who won two league titles with Gor Mahia told a South African podcast that he never employed any tactics or formations during his training sessions but still managed success in most clubs he coached. 

He told Hit the Target podcast, "One day, my team captain said to me there is no tactics and formation. I have never done tactics and structures but in eight years I have won six trophies and kept four teams in the PSL by playing football and concentrating on my team and it worked.

When you have a squad of 36 plays and do a 11v11, you have 14 players on the sidelines, what do you think they are saying? I have always involved every player and it has worked for me because everyone is involved and fighting for a place in the team. What I do is that I know that we will attack, we will score goals, and we will make sure we do not leave gaps open for the teams to penetrate. That's how I operate and it has worked for me.

I won two back-to-back league cups in Kenya, I won the FA Cup in Vietnam, I won the Supercup in Kenya, I won the Compact Cup when I had individual players for two weeks. Football is about players who want to win," he said.

Kerr was been shown the door by South African outfit Moroka Swallows in September after a series of unconvincing results in the current campaign, a club he had joined in December last year, coming in to replace Brandon Truter who had been relieved his duties after a poor run that had seen him win once in 12 matches.”

Former Gor Mahia FC tactician Dylan Kerr said his success as a coach has been brought about by a way of operating which sees everyone in the team involved.

The Maltese-born Irishman won two Kenya Premier League titles with Gor Mahia before heading to South Africa where he took charge of Black Leopards then to Baroka FC, back to Black Leopards, then to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, and finally Moroka Swallows in a span of four years.

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