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Mike Mutebi takes Villa's top job

[Posted 06 Dec 2011]
[By Charles Malingha]
Mike Mutebi takes Villa

The first sentiment shared across social networking sites and the football fraternity when news of Mike Mutebi being named Villa manager filtered through was, "If only they could give him time!"

Mutebi replaces Serbian Srdjan Zivojnov, who quit last month citing what those who wish the former KCC and Cranes coach well fear: "Pressure from fans and the board."
Zivo spent only 11 months in the job but returns on the pitch under which he won just once in seven games hardly helped him.

But Mutebi, 41, has a message for to those pressure fans."We shall try our best to improve Villa from what the club are now," he said, clad in a grey suit, a Villa blue and while flag around his shoulders after being unveiled at Rwenzori Courts, Kampala, yesterday.

"But I’m not acting as a messiah. We are a team and together with the support of everyone, the fans and the board, we’ll work to see Villa grow." But Mutebi is aware that he cannot entirely be exclusive of pressure from fans and the board.

"Of course, we know in football management there is sacking if results do not come your way. But we are also result-oriented and as a professional manager does, when results are not coming your way, you throw in a towel."

Mutebi signed a three-year renewable contract worth Shs120m per year, totalling Shs360m. His deal is a management contract based on the British model of a manager rather than coach and it will see him recruit his own coaching, training and fitness staff. The yearly Shs120m is kitty for him and his coaching team.

Mutebi has already appointed long-time colleague Kaddu Badru Mukasa as first-team coach and Villa legend Paul Nkata as his first assistant. Former Villa midfielder Hakim Magumba is club coordinator.

The Uefa diploma A holder from Germany ironically did not apply for the job but Villa’s insistence after he turned them down at first shows the trust they have in him.
Mutebi has coached the Cranes and the under 20 national team, handled Coffee, Miracle and Simba.

Former Yanga coach Sam Timbe and Villa legend Nkata were the front runners until late. Ex Express coach Dragan Popadic and Briton Des Bulpin were among the foreign applicants for the job.


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