Frank Nuttall

Frank Nuttall arrived at Gor Mahia in September of 2014. Prior to joining Gor Mahia, Nutall had no head coaching experience and worked mostly as a FIFA instructor, fitness expert and assistant coach. However he had a steely determination to prove his detractors wrong. Having taken over with approximately ten matches left, he introduced a number of tactical and formation changes that proved succesful. The net result was that the Gor Mahia scoring ouput increased significantly. In the end he steered Gor Mahia to 2014 Kenya Premier League title with a number of convicing wins.

2015 was his first full season. He would steer the club to what is easily its best domestic season ever. Under Nuttall, in 2015, Gor Mahia won the Kenya Premier league with an unbeaten record. They also won the Super Cup, and the KPL top 8 tournament. Gor Mahia also reached the finals of the CECAFA club cup and the semi-finals of the local cup then known as the GoTV shield. He was voted Kenya Football coach of the year for 2015.

Nuttall also worked under difficult conditions with delayed salaries, players on strike and go slows, and demoralized technical staff. Despite all this, Nuttall was able to keep the playing unit focused and successful. He would end up being voted KPL coach of the year 2015. Nuttall’s role in Gor Mahia’s success in 2014 and 2015 can therefore not be gainsaid.

He was a fan favourite as evidenced by the reaction of fans when they found out that he was being fired. The bone of contention was the Chairman’s demand that Nuttall take a 50% pay cut. Due to Fan pressure he was promptly re-instated albeit temporarily and continued to work professionally amid a frozen relationship between him and the club executive committee.

But the situation became untenable and Nuttall had to leave especially after the club’s poor start to the 2016 season where they went five matches without a win under Nuttall.Nuttall eventually left for Egypt in March of 2016. In Egypt he came assistant coach for Zamalek under his friend Alex McLeish.

However he had a steely determination to prove his detractors wrong. Having taken over with approximately ten matches left, he introduced a number of tactical and formation changes that proved succesful. The net result was that the Gor Mahia scoring ouput increased significantly. In the end he steered Gor Mahia to 2014 Kenya Premier League title with a number of convicing wins.

2015 was his first full season. He would steer the club to what is easily its best domestic season ever. Under Nuttall, in 2015, Gor Mahia won the Kenya Premier league with an unbeaten record. They also won the Super Cup, and the KPL top 8 tournament. Gor Mahia also reached the finals of the CECAFA club cup and the semi-finals of the local cup then known as the GoTV shield. He was voted Kenya Football coach of the year for 2015.

Nuttall also worked under difficult conditions with delayed salaries, players on strike and go slows, and demoralized technical staff. Despite all this, Nuttall was able to keep the playing unit focused and successful. He would end up being voted KPL coach of the year 2015. Nuttall’s role in Gor Mahia’s success in 2014 and 2015 can therefore not be gainsaid.

He was a fan favourite as evidenced by the reaction of fans when they found out that he was being fired. The bone of contention was the Chairman’s demand that Nuttall take a 50% pay cut. Due to Fan pressure he was promptly re-instated albeit temporarily and continued to work professionally amid a frozen relationship between him and the club executive committee.

But the situation became untenable and Nuttall had to leave especially after the club’s poor start to the 2016 season where they went five matches without a win under Nuttall.Nuttall eventually left for Egypt in March of 2016. In Egypt he came assistant coach for Zamalek under his friend Alex McLeish.

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