Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright says he will deliver an overhaul at Rugby Park after the club’s 28-year stint in the Scottish Premiership was brought to an end.
A 2-1 home defeat to Dundee was the final nail in the coffin as Kilmarnock lost the Premiership play-off final 4-2 on aggregate. Over 20 players are out-of-contract or set to leave the club after loan expiry, and with Wright still having two years on his deal after taking over as manager from Alex Dyer earlier this year, major changes will happen.
He said: “We didn’t do enough. We didn’t compete enough. Dundee were stronger but they didn’t have to do a lot to win either game. We gifted them three out of four goals. The first goal is absolutely embarrassing from our point of view. Nobody took responsibility and we end up behind the eight-ball within the first 15 minutes.
“We didn’t do enough. Too many players haven’t turned up and not just in the play-off games – it’s all season. That’s 24 defeats this season in 40 games if you count this as two league games in. That says a lot about the squad. It takes a mental capacity to turn defeats into draws or draws into wins – to see out games that you’re not doing well in and to fight for your team.
“I know I’ll get the support of the job. It’s not my future that needs to be discussed about tonight. I’m more concerned about the people who work in the background of this club and the people of the town. That’s my concern. My future will be sorted.
“There’s a rebuild job now. I think there’s only four or five signed players now. One or two others may have been getting contracts even if we went down. I might have to revisit that. I just feel sorry for the fans. I’ve let them down and ultimately the players have let themselves and let the club down. But I’ll take my responsibility myself as well.”
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