It has been an amazing period in Ayrshire, but Steve Clarke’s time as Kilmarnock boss is over. He waved “bye bye” to Rangers in one final act, with the Scotsman leaving to take up the role as national team boss. The Ayrshire side confirmed the news this afternoon.
It’ll be borderline impossible to replace Clarke fully, but Killie will need to find a man worthy of taking the club forward. For Clarke’s legacy to fully live on, a decent manager has to come in and build from the foundations Clarke has put down.
There are plenty of decent managers out there, but here are four men we think are worthy of succeeding the new Scotland manager.
Moore had enjoyed a decent spell with one of Clarke’s former employers West Brom this season. He took over as Baggies boss when they were falling out of the Premier League, showing himself to be a decent manager in the process.
He guided them to fourth place in the Championship, but was bizarrely sacked before the play-offs. Now out of a job, the success Clarke has had could persuade Moore to choose Killie as his next managerial venture.
The club gave another former Baggies coach a chance to re-establish himself and Moore could do the same. He is a good manager, and although he might not have much managerial experience, he would be a shrewd acquisition for the Rugby Park side.
Dyer was Clarke’s assistant at Rugby Park. Now he could be a wise pick to take over from him. He knows the current squad inside out, meaning players wouldn’t need to get to grips with all that comes with a new manager.
Dyer seems like the logical choice to carry on Clarke’s work. He has seen what works at the club and what doesn’t, as he has the clubs progression over his spell in Ayrshire.
He’s only managed at non-league level, but Dyer would be a great man to replace Clarke, providing he doesn’t join him as Scotland assistant.
The former St Mirren man has worked wonders for Alloa, performing minor miracles in the Championship with the Wasps. It’d be a massive jump for him to go from part-time with Alloa to European football with Killie, but Goodwin looks like he could handle it.
The big question mark over Goodwin would be his ability to transition from part-time to full time. This appointment would be a gamble, but it could be one worth taking.
If he can compete well part-time in a full-time league, imagine what he could do with a bigger budget and a better playing squad.
The Livingston boss is a Killie fan, so he would find it very hard to turn an offer from the club down. He also made over 100 appearances between 1995-2001 for the Ayrshire side.
His current team Livi punched above their weight this season, but they are being dismantled in the summer. The chance to lead the club he supported as a boy into Europe could prove too hard to turn down.
He’s worked wonders keeping the West Lothian outfit in the top flight, you’d like to think he could do a similar job in Ayrshire.