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Gallants – Why We Replaced Kerr

By Lethabo Kganyago

Marumo Gallants liaison manager Rufus Matena has confirmed to iDiski Times why the club did not continue with Dylan Kerr and that local assistant coaching pair of Mpho Maleka and David Mathebula will not be leaving the club.

Earlier on Thursday, Gallants unveiled Sebastien Migne as new head coach and Jean-Francois Luscuito as another assistant on respective two-year deals with the Limpopo side.

Matena reveals the club couldn’t agree terms for a new contract with former coach Kerr, which is why they had to look elsewhere.

“With Dylan we had negotiations with him which we didn’t agree,” Matena told iDiski Times journalist Lethabo Kganyago.

“I mean obviously if you don’t agree then you have to part ways. So contractually we didn’t agree on certain terms, then subsequent to that we opted for Sebastian.”

However, Kerr’s assistants Maleka and Mathebula remained at the club and will guide the new European duo through the Gallants’ system.

“We are not getting rid of our assistant coaches which is Mpho Maleka and David Mathebula. So they are going to be there as well to try and guide them in a way that we have got our system,” Matsena explained. 

Matsena further says the 2020 Nedbank cup champions went for Migne and Luscuito to take charge because of their experience with African national teams and clubs. Gallants will be competing in the CAF Confederations Cup next season and Matsena is confident the pair’s knowledge will help the side not only in the continental competition but even domestically.

“CAF competition is a plus but the main focus remember is our domestic league. His (Migne’s) CV speaks volumes he has been there, coaching national squads and some of the national teams he coached they gave positive results,” he added. 

“The other thing which is key there are prerequisites if not requirements that one needs to have to coach in any CAF competition especially for this season so that is another plus because he has a UEFA Pro License which is a requirement.

“Luscuito because of his experience and because he understands our culture of football in South Africa, you know how good he was at Black Leopards. So having both of them, one experienced in South African football it could be from watching on TV but not physically there and the other has been there so that combo can lead us somewhere.”

There were reports earlier this week that suggested Gallants were in talks with Roger Palgren but Matsena refuted those, saying they never approached the Swede.

Meanwhile there are nine new players at the club and Matsena says they are not yet done signing especially in the defence area.