Kilmarnock owner Billy Bowie has thanked Alex Dyer for his contributions at Rugby Park.

The Englishman arrived as Steve Clarke’s assistant and served under him as Killie enjoyed a golden period which culminated in a third place finish. He took over as manager from Angelo Alessio in 2019 but now leaves by mutual consent.

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Dyer has left. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Killie sit ninth in the table after a 3-2 home defeat to St Johnstone, Dyer assessing the game just an hour before news of his exit broke: “I’m disappointed. We were 2-0 up and in control of the game and the second half came around and we weren’t at the races. I don’t know why.

“We stopped doing all the stuff we’d done well in the first half and if you do that against a side who are confident then you get punished. It’s a big frustration. All they had to do was repeat the things they had done in the first half, manage the game and we would have got a result.

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“But we didn’t do that. They stepped up a little bit and we didn’t handle it and when they got the first goal in the second half we panicked a bit and the nerves came back. When it went 2-2, for me there was only going to be one winner and that was them because they were on the front foot. We stopped doing what we’re good at and they got the winner.

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Confidence has taken a hit. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“There is a fragile confidence about the team and that comes with not winning enough games and losing late goals like the we did the other night. Confidence is low.”

Rugby Park owner Bowie has paid tribute to Dyer and the contributions he made at Kilmarnock: “This was a tough decision for the club and not one which was made lightly. However in light of recent results and in the interest of preserving our Scottish Premiership status, we feel this is the correct time for a change.

“Alex is a great man who I have the utmost respect for and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Rugby Park. I want to thank Alex for his important contribution to some truly wonderful days here at Kilmarnock and I wish him every success in the future.”

Club captain Gary Dicker has also thanked Dyer: “Absolutely gutted for the Gaffer. He’s been brilliant to work with since the day he came to the club in 2017. I’m disappointed that as a group of players, we haven’t been good enough for him, or the football club this season. I wish him all the best for the future. Thank you.”

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