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New boss Alessio vows to build on Kilmarnock’s progress

Angelo Alessio, new Kilmarnock manager

Experience: Angelo Alessio (pic: Kilmarnock FC).


 

New Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio has vowed to continue the good work done by Steve Clarke at Rugby Park.

The 54-year-old Italian has signed a three-year deal with the Ayrshire outfit and takes up his new post on Thursday when the players return for pre-season training.

“It is a real honour for me to be named Kilmarnock manager,” he said.

“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.”

Alessio served as Antonio Conte’s assistant at Juventus, Chelsea and the Italian national team.

Following a successful playing career with Juventus, Bologna and Bari, Angelo moved into coaching as assistant manager of Napoli in 2002.

He first joined forced with Conte at Siena in 2010, following his colleague to Juventus where they won three Serie A titles from 2012 to 2014.

He was part of the coaching team which led the Azzurri to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with further success following at Chelsea as they secured the 2016/17 English Premier League title.

Kilmarnock director Billy Bowie said: “We were extremely impressed by the calibre of the candidates for the vacancy but Angelo’s knowledge and passion for the role really shone through.

“This is a hugely exciting period for Kilmarnock as we celebrate the club’s 150th Anniversary and play European football for the first time in 18 years and we’re looking forward to this new chapter with Angelo at the helm.”



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