Dylan Kerr has told the Siya crew that top-flight outfit Marumo Gallants have offered him a salary equivalent to that of an assistant coach.
The Englishman has so far refused to put pen to paper, forcing the club to go into pre-season in his absence while they are now also believed to be pursuing other targets with Patrick de Wilde and Pablo Franco Martin on their radar.
“I am not being greedy, I am being realistic,” Kerr, who helped Gallants (previously TTM) avoid relegation last season and win the Nedbank Cup.
“I am not being greedy, in fact, talking to a lot of coaches, they say that (the offer from the club) is below average, it’s an assistant salary.”
Gallants returned from pre-season earlier this week without Kerr and at this rate the coach might not have a future with the club.
“I agreed to sign until the end of the season, on the chairman’s terms, and was tasked with helping the club keep their top-flight status. At the launch of Marumo Gallants we spoke about the way forward and he said to send him an email with my proposal, which I believed was fair and reasonable offer,” explained Kerr, adding that his personal terms were in the same range as what he was earning before.
“It related to my contracts at Baroka and Black Leopards before – no one will ever understand the difficulty I had in getting these players to play. To keep the status was much harder than when I did it at Baroka and Leopards previously because of the former chairman and the way the monies were outstanding and promises were never fulfilled.”
Kerr confirmed he was still yet to receive his incentive for winning the Cup and also comment on the notion that the club wants someone who holds a Uefa Pro License to replace him and be able to sit on the bench in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.
“The bonuses for the Nedbank Cup were already agreed with the players, I had a separate bonus structure on my contract. We are all waiting for that to be paid. I don’t want the players to return with bonuses outstanding, otherwise they are going back to where things were when I joined,” he explained.
“I am out of contract and there has been no replies to my agent. But it’s never been about money with me. I got there when there were so many issues. As far as I know, my Uefa A license is sufficient for CAF – I think only Stuart Baxter and Benni McCarthy have a Pro License, so to get a coach with those qualifications you are going to have to pay big bucks. It would be a gamble with a coach who doesn’t know SA. I haven’t spoken to the chairman for two weeks.”
Story by @superjourno
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