Kilmarnock’s Head of Football Operations James Fowler says the Rugby Park club are stepping up their hunt for a new manager as he praised Crystal Palace loanee Brandon Pierrick.

Killie are currently without a boss after the departure of Alex Dyer last weekend following a 3-2 home defeat to St Johnstone. They still made two signings at the end of the winter transfer window, Zech Medley arriving from Arsenal while Pierrick arrived from Crystal Palace.

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The Crystal Palace talent has arrived in Ayrshire. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Eagles loanee injected pace into Killie on Tuesday but the game was already gone by the time he was subbed on, Kilmarnock losing 4-0 to Celtic. But Fowler is looking forward to working with him.

He said: “We seen a little bit of Brandon against Celtic and what he can bring. I think he’ll add pace to that final third and he’s got good skill and an eye for goal. Hopefully we can see more of that as we go along.”

It’s all hands on deck to try and find a replacement for Dyer at the moment and Fowler says the interviewees have been identified: “Myself and the board met yesterday so that process has begun and that is a positive and we will crack on with that.

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Dyer left last week. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I think the club have said that they are looking to move very quickly. Obviously we will follow the proper processes and hopefully get the right person in. We have identified the ones we are going to take forward for interview.

 

“That has begun and once we get a chat with these candidates, they get a feel for us, we get a feel for them, we will have a better idea where we are going to go moving forward. Any time a job comes up there are lots of good people who are out of work just now.

“So we have had lots of applications and interest and we have identified one or two ourselves so we will crack on with that in the coming days and hopefully get somebody in soon.”

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