What's Needed For 2022-23
Kris Boyd's Take
Kris Boyd's Take
April 25th 2022: DEREK MCINNES is a top-six manager and that is where he will want to be with Kimarnock.
Given his excellent record at Aberdeen then you wouldn’t bet against him making my old club a big player in the top flight next season.
Boyd reckons only four or five of current Kilmarnock team will survive for next term
But, in order to do that there will need to be a radical overhaul of the current squad.
I’m not in any way trying to detract from the excellent achievement at winning promotion back to the Premiership at the first attempt.
To see Rugby Park bouncing on Friday night for the title shootout with Arbroath was incredible.
This was a moment the team will cherish for the rest of their lives. Not many Kilmarnock players win silverware.
And for the first time in over 25 years there were more than 10,000 Killie supporters inside the stadium.
In the current climate, and for a Championship match, that is no mean feat and highlights just what this club is capable of.
You always assume you need to be in the top division for fans to turn out
However, the manager and his chairman are both realists and they will know, without putting a damper on the celebrations, that the hard work starts now.
The last thing Kilmarnock want to become is a yo-yo club.
The infrastructure is there for them to be a permanent feature in the Premiership.
They have a top-class manager at the helm, but right now they don’t have the personnel.
Derek inherited the vast majority of his squad and he doesn’t need me to tell him they will not be up to standard at a higher level.
The challenge for him now is to rebuild the squad so they can be a force again in the top flight.
Derek is not the type of personality who will be content for Kilmarnock to make up the numbers.
By the same token he is not naive enough to think these boys are capable of getting the club into the top half of the table.
There was a recruitment process last summer that was just about good enough to get them up.
But getting over the line in the Championship to go up is one thing. Consolidating your place in the Premiership is quite another.
With all due respect, the second tier has not been the strongest this season.
It has been hugely competitive but low on genuine quality.
For Kilmarnock it has not all been plain sailing hence the change of manager in January.
But, you still have to give credit to Derek and his players for getting the job done.
There were plenty of times throughout the course of the campaign when that didn’t really look likely.
Ask any Kilmarnock supporter and they will tell you it has not been pretty.
But it doesn’t really matter now.
There have been plenty of big teams, like Rangers, Hibs and Dundee United, who have not succeeded in getting out of the Championship at the first time of asking.
Look at Dunfermline — a club and a town on a par with Kilmarnock, who have been languishing down there for over a decade now.
This league is all about rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done any way possible.
Kilmarnock have achieved what they set out to in July and fair play to them.
They have more than earned a few cold beers at the end of a long, hard campaign.
However, I will be surprised if more than four or five of this group will still be here next season.
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