The Vietnam football team has employed a physical strength coach in their preparation for the Southeast Asian Football Federation Cup later this year.

He is Maltese-born English former defender Dylan Kerr who arrived in Vietnam last December to work for the V-League's Khatoco Khanh Hoa club.

Kerr was selected as a national team assistant last week under head coach Phan Thanh Hung.

Hung said physical strength can decide the success or failure of a football team.

"We need Dylan Kerr for the job," Hung said.

During his career Kerr played for different teams in the UK . He started at Sheffield Wednesday in 1984 who he helped win a Second Division champion title in his first season.

In 1989 Kerr moved to First Division's Leeds United which won the Cup in 1992, a year before the tournament became the Premier League.

He then joined the Kilmarnock Club for the 1996-97 season when they won the Scottish Cup.

After retirement in 2003, Kerr became a trainer and is now recognised as an expert in sport science and physique training.-VNA