Kenyan Premier League side Wazito have parted ways with Stewart Hall, the fourth coach to exit the club within a single season.
“We wish to confirm that Coach Stewart Hall has left the club on mutual consent,” read a statement at the club’s website.
Hall joined the money bugs last November, at a time they were staring at relegation in the eye after a string of pathetic league outings.
Wazito praised Hall for his remarkable stint in the club.
“Hall, who joined the club last November worked hard to build a strong team that was registering good results before the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in halting the league.”
The coach confirmed his departure, saying that he had struck a common ground with the club to leave on mutual consent.
“I wish to confirm that I have reached an agreement with Wazito FC for my departure from the club,” said Hall.
He has managed to stabilize a weak side he inherited from Melis Medo.
Hall said that with the support of the rest of the technical bench, he had succeeded in assembling a promising side that proved to be far much better than what he inherited from former coach Melis Medo when he came on board.
“When I joined the team last November my duty was to stabilize the team and recruit players who would bring balance to the squad as we lacked that then.”
“Together with my technical team, we worked really hard, the players did their part and together we managed to get some good results.”
He pointed out that they had maintained an unbeaten run in ten matches prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus, a clear indication that the team had actually stabilized.
“Just before the league was stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unbeaten in almost ten matches and this shows the strides we had made as a team.”
He thanked the Wazito management for affording him an opportunity to work at the side, adding that it was an honor to work with the players and the rest of the technical bench.
“As I depart, I want to thank the club management, the players, the other members of the technical bench, and everyone associated with the club, it was an honor to work with you. I wish the club all the best for the future, I believe I have put in a good foundation to steer the team forward.”
Hall said that his next stop will be in Europe where he intended to spend time with his family.
“In these difficult times of COVID-19, I would like to spend time with my family in the UK.”
Gicheru hails Hall for exemplary performance
Wazito CEO Dennis Gicheru said the club appreciated Hall’s great contribution to the team, adding that he had left behind him a very good side.
“I want to thank Coach Stewart for his contribution to the team. He arrived at a time that we were really struggling and slowly by slowly he built a strong side and I am sure that his successor will inherit a good team. As he departs we wish him all the best for the future,” Gicheru said.
He revealed that the club will soon be unveiling the new technical bench.
“We are consulting and we will be making an announcement soon,” he said.
Badoer had hinted at the possibility of an overhaul
It was not immediately clear if Hall had been forced out or he chose to leave voluntarily. Wazito president Ricardo Badoer had hinted at a possible overhaul to the club structure as the side positions itself for titles in the coming season.
Ricardo said that they would have two squads, one competing in the yet to be established East Africa League and the other featuring in the Kenyan Premier League.