June 16th 2019: Killie named Angelo Alessio, former assistant to Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Juventus and Italy, as our new 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.