Hall comes at a time that the title race is headed to the home stretch. Though he is not as decorated as his Gor Mahia counterpart Zdravko Logarusic or as Henri Michel, the French man at the helm of Harambee Stars, Hall famed for his attractive football philosophy, must know that it is easier done that said.
He joins a club that is not only ambitious, but is also burning with unsatisfiable desire to lift the 2012 league crown at whatever price!
The club has abundance of raw talents that only needs some polishing. However in his duties, the good Briton must clearly know that his work is cut out.
With seven matches to the end of the season, it will be defining moment in his Kenyan football career. These matches will no doubt dictate whether his stay at the house of the Bato Ba Mungu will be longer or shorter.
By far and large, he received a warm welcome at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on a Tuesday dawn. However, when the league's curtain folds on November 10, Hall will either be smiling or regretting.
Figure out this, Sofapaka barely in its fourth season in the top flight, has been handled by a record five coaches within that short time frame. Averagely it amounts to 292 days in charge for each coach before being shown the exit door!
By agreeing to step into the hot seat, Hall becomes the sixth tactician to oversee the club. When the famed 'Batoto Ba Mungu' made a grand entry into top flight soccer, it was none other than the self declared 'Lion' Robert Matano, who was guiding the side.
He led the club to league glory and the subsequent Caf-African champions’ matches in early 2010, before he parted ways.
In his exit, came Ugandan import Sam Sssimbwa, whom the ambitious club owner Elly Kalekwa head hunted to see the team in the 2010 season.
Sssimbwa too was not to last! In what was termed as dismal results, the no nonsense Kalekwa showed him the exit door and the deadlocked Ezekiel Akwana stepped in to hold brief.
Kalekwa then opted to scout far and wide, before enticing Francis Kimanzi, who was by then undertaking his Uefa license courses in Holland.
When Kimanzi took charge Akwana was relegated to the deputy slot. But alas! Before long, boardroom fights and allegations of sabotage reared its ugly head and off he went.
Kimanzi oversaw the club for the remainder of the 2011 season, before his elevation to national soccer team head coach. In his exit, came his former student, the soft spoken Salim Alim, whom Kalekwa prized away from limping Mathare United.
But barely eight months into his job, Ali suffered the same fate a as his predecessors. In his exit David Ouma took charge for barely three weeks before saviour' John Stewart Hall landed at JKIA on a Tuesday dawn promising heaven.
However, the million dollar question is weather Hall will manifest his impeccable record at Azam, not forgetting the management style of club owner Elly Kalekwa who is only comparable to Chelsea' owner Roman Abramovic.