Manager Kilmarnock FC, Jun-Dec 2019
Manager Kilmarnock FC, Jun-Dec 2019
June 16th 2019: Killie named Angelo Alessio, former assistant to Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Juventus and Italy, as our latest manager. The 54-year-old former Juventus midfielder succeeds Steve Clarke after signing a three-year contract. Angelo will work alongside Clarke's former assistant, Alex Dyer, and meet the players when they return for pre-season training on Thursday 20 June.
Angelo said... "It is a real honour for me to be named Kilmarnock manager, I've spent a lot of time researching and gathering information about the club and everyone I spoke to had nothing but positive things to say about Kilmarnock. I can't wait to get to work with the players and staff on the training pitch and building on the strong foundations left by Steve Clarke."
Manuel Pascali said.... "Steve Clarke made history at my old club. He got a points record in the league and took them into Europe.
"Whoever replaced him was facing a very difficult job. But I think, for sure, Alessio is the man who can do it. If anyone can, he can.
"He has everything to create something special and build on the success already achieved."
July 5th 2019 Tom English of the BBC wrote....
How on earth is a club supposed to get over the loss of a totemic manager like Clarke? By appointing from left field a manager who has coached at a stratospherically high level, a guy whose CV reads like the kind of thing that would excite clubs with far more financial muscle than Kilmarnock.
Angelo Alessio has coached at Napoli, Juventus, the Italian national team and then Chelsea. Much of that time was served as assistant to his mate, Antonio Conte. His appointment by Kilmarnock is one of the most audacious moves in Scottish football since, er, Clarke was appointed. Who knows how it's going to pan out, but in pedigree terms Alessio is an outstanding recruit.
Everybody who watched in awe as the Rugby Park club was transformed under Clarke wants this story to carry on and on. Forza Angelo.
Dec 17th 2019: Killie announced that Angelo Alessio has been relieved of his position as Manager. Alex Dyer will take charge of first-team duties on an interim basis.
Captain Gary Dicker later describing his reign as "a shit-show at times".
While Killie had won just one of eight when the Italian left, they sat fifth in the league and he'd been named manager of the month for October.
Senior players insisted there'd been no dressing room unrest, and perhaps Alessio never would have worked out, but when Broadfoot returned in January it left an impression of a dressing room with too much power.
However, the ignominy of the Europa League qualifying exit to Welsh part-timers Connah's Quay never left Alessio.
Stephen O'Donnell, former Kilmarnock defender said: 'It was a complete rip up of a squad built under Steve Clarke. One of my first conversations with him [Alessio] after I came back from international duty was, in broken English, we weren't playing with tactics. When you make bold statements like that then there's going to be unrest."
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