Kilmarnock appoint Derek McInnes as new manager


Derek McInnes has been appointed as the new manager of Kilmarnock.

The club confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that McInnes has penned a deal until the summer of 2023.

The 50-year-old has taken over from Tommy Wright, who was sacked last month, after Killie suffered four defeats in their last five matches.

It’s understood long-term assistant to McInnes, Tony Docherty, will also join the Rugby Park club, with an announcement in due course.

McInnes has been out of work since leaving Aberdeen in March, where he spent eight years in Pittodrie.

Kilmarnock confirmed coaches Paul Stephenson and Alan Maybury have also left the club.

Derek McInnes said: “I’m delighted to be here and I’m well aware of the potential of the club having played and managed against Kilmarnock over the years.

“I remember the Tommy Burns era and more recently Steve Clarke bringing good success and consistency.

“I know the backing from the fans can make this club special so for me it is a great opportunity.”

Director Billy Bowie said: “Derek is one of the most highly respected managers in Scottish football and we are thrilled that he’s agreed to join Kilmarnock.

“From our discussions, it was clear he shared our determination and ambition to bring success to our club and we look forward to working with him to achieve our goals for this season and beyond.”

Kilmarnock currently sit fourth in the Championship, five points behind leaders Arbroath with a game in hand and will play Queen of the South this weekend.



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