Allan Johnston

Allan 'Magic' Johnston was manager of Kilmarnock FC from June 2013 - February 2015. Johnston hired as Kilmarnock manager after a successful spell with Queen of the South.

From his Wikipedia: 'Magic' started his professional playing career with Heart of Midlothian and then followed on to French club Rennes before a spell in English football with Sunderland before returning to Scotland with Rangers. He then returned to England with Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday. He returned to Scotland and played out his playing career with Kilmarnock, St. Mirren and Queen of the South.

He played for the Scotland national football team at senior and u-21 level. He started his managerial career in 2012, as player-manager of Queen of the South. He won the Second Division championship in his first season as a manager, then moved to Kilmarnock. He left that position after 18 months, after a dispute with the club's board about the sale of Robbie Muirhead to Dundee United.

Queen of the South announced on 21 June 2011 that Johnston had signed a contract as player coach. On 3 May 2012, Johnston was appointed as Queens new player manager. Johnston led Queens to a historic double in his first full season in management, winning the Scottish Second Division Championship and the Scottish Challenge Cup. 

Johnston and Clark both signed a two-year contract to join Kilmarnock as the club's new management team on 24 June 2013. Queen of the South receive around £30,000 in compensation. Kilmarnock narrowly avoided relegation in Johnston's first season in charge, winning their last two games to finish above the relegation play-off position. The club performed better in the league during his second season, but in February 2015 Johnston announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the season. 

He had been upset by the sale of Robbie Muirhead, which Johnston said had only been advised to him after the transfer window had closed. The Kilmarnock board then decided to remove Johnston from his position immediately. On 8 May 2015, after three months out of work, Johnston was appointed manager of Scottish League One side Dunfermline Athletic on a one-year contract.


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