The Kilmarnock hunt for a new manager is set to end very soon, with Tommy Wright believed to be the likely candidate to succeed Alex Dyer.

It has been reported that Killie are in the final stages of talks with the former St Johnstone boss to make him their new manager. The Rugby Park club are on the lookout for a new boss after Alex Dyer’s departure last weekend.

Kilmarnock v Livingston - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Dyer left last week. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Northern Irishman had the Perth side achieve three successive fourth-place finishes during his seven-year tenure at McDiarmid Park, finishing in the top six last season and winning the Scottish Cup in 2014.

Head of Football Operations James Fowler and Dyer’s assistant Andy Millen have taken charge of the last two games, a 4-0 defeat to Celtic and 2-0 loss to St Mirren on Saturday. Killie have now lost five matches on the spin.


Fowler says he hopes a new manager will be in place for the players’ return to training on Monday: “These things take time to get the interviews carried out and then try and get a deal agreed.

Tommy Wright seems like the ideal candidate for the Livingston job

Tommy Wright seems like the likely candidate at Kilmarnock. (Photo by Bruce White / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Interviews have taken place and we are speaking to the candidates. We will hopefully have someone in by the time of the Motherwell game. Ideally we would like to have someone in by Monday to take training.”

On the defeat to St Mirren, Fowler says players have to stand up and be counted: “It was a tough one to take as I don’t think there was too much between the teams. You can change formation and personnel. Everyone has had a fair crack of the whip this season. It is about the new manager finding something different.

“He might have something that works that they have used previously. He will hopefully find something in the group to bring us success. I think there is still quality in this group. I have been there myself as a player where you go on runs and it impacts you.

Kilmarnock v St. Mirren - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Tough run for Kilmarnock. (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It is easy for players to go into their shells, but it is important we stick together. As a staff we will remind them they are good players and things will turn for them.”

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