After the Europa League exit to Connah’s Quay Nomads, there has been radio silence from Kilmarnock. Its quite rightly got some fans worried ahead of what was supposed to be an exciting campaign.
Now it still could be a campaign to remember for all the right reasons. It doesn’t make the lack of movement from the club ahead of the campaign any less worrying.
There have been no signings, no comments from the club, not even as much as a friendly update. All we’ve heard from manager Angelo Alessio since the Europa League exit is through an interview he did with KillieFC.com.
Killie are, according to the Daily Record, taking on amateur side Stewarton United in a friendly, but again nothing has been confirmed by the club.
Radio silence has left many Kilmarnock fans wondering what’s going on
The lack of signings is what will have most Killie fans worried. They’ve only signed three players all summer, following a host of major exits from the club. The squad is weak and not much seems to be getting done in the way of replacing stars like Jordan Jones and Youssouf Mulumbu.
Some reports haven’t eased fan worries. The Scottish Sun reported recently that players had held ‘crisis’ talks over Alessio. The Scotsman have also reported that some players have handed in transfer requests.
The apparent lack of matches will have left some worried too. Every Premiership side has played at least four competitive games ahead of the new campaign, whether that be in Europe or in the League Cup.
Killie have only played two and haven’t even took part in many friendlies. When they take on Rangers, it’ll be their first competitive match in 17 days. Match sharpness will be called into question if they don’t perform.
Fans have to stick together
It’s undeniable that there’s a feeling of uncertainty as Kilmarnock prepare for another Premiership campaign. It’s important though that fans stick together.
Steve Clarke brought in some of the best 18 months of Killie’s modern history. It was a golden period, but it’s over now.
Fans have every right to be unhappy after the Nomads failure. To heap pressure on the board, manager and players though after just a couple of months after this golden period is unfair.
Alessio will be working with the board to get some signings over the line. The Italian can only work with what he has in the meantime, so it’s up to the players and the coaching staff to make the best of their current situation.
Fans must believe in the team, the manager and the board at this moment in time. One bad result shouldn’t spoil the season. There’s uncertainty in the air, but Killie have been through far worse.
A few season ago the club were threatened with relegation. Kilmarnock pulled through that no bother and they’ll prevail from this situation with a positive outcome in the end.