Martin Compston’s days at Morton recalled as Dylan Kerr reveals Mourinho message
LINE OF DUTY star Martin Compston used to clean his boots.
But the only ‘H’ Dylan Kerr wants to track down today is making history in the South African Cup Final.
The former Kilmarnock ace is now boss of Premier Division side TTM, who have reached the final for the first time.
They face Chippa United in Bloemfontein tonight with Kerr going for a winners’ medal, backed by a good luck message from old coaching pal Jose Mourinho.
He said: “When I was at Morton, Martin Compston was a second-year apprentice and used to clean my boots.
“He was a smashing kid and a decent little player, he was an Allan Moore-type, skilful and a cheeky little guy.
“He was even tinier then than he is now, and I think that was why he got released.
“But people at Morton were really devastated because he was such a nice lad.
“If Morton had kept him on I doubt he’d be on the Hollywood red carpet and living in Las Vegas!
“I’ve sent him a couple of messages on Twitter, but being in Line of Duty has obviously turned him into a superstar!
“But I’m delighted for Martin. It’s great to see someone who was gutted to get released by a club and he was become what he has.”
Kerr has been at Limpopo outfit TTM since March, but only got his work permit to take complete charge of the side last week.
But under him the club from the rural north of South Africa stunned league big-hitters SuperSport United and Moroka Swallows, before beating champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-finals.
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Kerr added: “We’d played them in the league the week before and lost 3-1. All the pundits here were saying it would be 5-0 to Sundowns in the semi-final.
“But even though it was at their home stadium, we drew 0-0 and won on penalties. It was the equivalent of Elgin going to Ibrox and beating Rangers!
“It’s the first time TTM have reached the final and everyone in the town, Thohoyandou, is excited.
“I’m a well-known face in the town and people shout ‘Coach’ at me, or ‘Mlungu’, their word for a white person.
“I was going to wear my kilt for the final like Rowan Alexander did with Gretna in 2006, but it’s in Durban, unfortunately.
“When I did my SFA coaching badge at Largs Jose Mourinho was on the same course and we’ve kept in touch through email.
“I sent him a message this week telling him we were in the final and he sent one back saying, ‘Come on, I wish you the best and take the cup home.'”
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