Kilmarnock dropped a bombshell recently by announcing the sacking of Angelo Alessio, which means the Killie managers job is up for grabs.

The Italian has been ejected from the Rugby Park hotseat after just under six months in charge. Assistant Alex Dyer will take the reigns temporarily at the club whilst they look for his successor.

Alessio is gone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But who could that be though? We’ve taken a look at three possibilities.

Gary Holt

The current Livingston boss, it’s no secret that Holt is a Kilmarnock fan. He’s a Killie legend too, having helped the club win their famous 1997 Scottish Cup trophy.

It isn’t just nostalgia that would bring Holt back to Rugby Park though, it’s his reputation with Livingston too. Despite operating on a miniscule budget, Holt managed to keep them up comfortably last season whilst a similar outcome looks probable this campaign.

Holt will likely have strong links to the Kilmarnock job. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That’s after losing plenty of key players, much like Alessio had to do deal with this summer and Killie are still feeling the effect of that in areas. Holt’s good at working with the tools he has so perhaps this isn’t a bad shout.

Ian Holloway

Having managed in the Premier League and worked with big clubs like Crystal Palace and QPR in the past, Holloway would be a pretty big name to bring in. The Englishman likes to play fast attacking which would excite fans.

He’s previously stated his Killie ambitions too back in the summer during the process to replace Steve Clarke. Holloway made no secret of his desire to manage the Rugby Park club.

Holloway wanted the Kilmarnock managers job before. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Speaking to the Scottish Sun in June, he said: “I would be very interested in the Kilmarnock job. I’m looking to get back into the game and Scottish football is appealing for any manager.

“There are big clubs and big managers and a lot of talented players. Without a shadow of a doubt I’d be interested in Kilmarnock. Steve Clarke did a great job there and it’s a really good club.”

Nathan Jones

A year of mishaps with Stoke City has brought his stock down a bit but there’s no denying that there’s a good manager in Jones. Inside three years, he took Luton Town from League Two to battling for Championship promotion.

He had Luton flying. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

That’s seriously impressive and the highlight of his CV. A move to Stoke was too big for him to turn down at the time but in hindsight it’s had repercussions for his managerial career.

He’ll be champing at the bit to get going again. Jones is an ambitious young manager and Killie have shown real ambition with the high profile appointments of Alessio and Clarke in recent years.

Kilmarnock need a lift after recent news and Jones need back on the managerial horse. Perhaps it’s a match waiting to happen.

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