Nov 15th 2019: James Fowler has been appointed as Kilmarnock's head of football operations, with the former Rugby Park midfielder's experience for the role being hailed as "second to none". Fowler played more than 450 times for the Ayrshire club and was part of the 2012 League Cup-winning side. Most recently, the 39-year-old worked under Jack Ross at Sunderland, having previously assisted him at St Mirren. "We're delighted to welcome James back to Killie," director Billy Bowie said. "James's experience for the role is second to none and we're all looking forward to working with him going forward." Fowler, Queen of the South manager from September 2014 to April 2016, will "oversee the entire football department" and will be "responsible for all club recruitment and scouting" at first team, reserve, under-18 and academy level. Former Scottish FA chief executive and Rangers director of football Gordon Smith had been on the Ayrshire club's shortlist. Others interviewed for the position were Kilmarnock's current academy director Paul McDonald and Maurizio Franzone, a former goalkeeper and coach at Italian club Cagliari. "I am thrilled to be coming back to the club," said Fowler before taking up the post on Monday.