It’s not every day you hear Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero talking about Kilmarnock. The day has come though, with Del Piero backing new Killie boss Angelo Alessio to succeed in Scotland.

The new Rugby Park boss was Antonio Conte’s assistant in Turin during Del Piero’s final campaign with the Italian giants. They romped to an invincible season that year.

Del Piero has backed Alessio to succeed. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Now Del Piero reckons Alessio will take to Scottish football like a duck to water.

He told the Herald: “I had the pleasure of working with Angelo Alessio and got to know him from a personal and professional point of view.


“Mr Alessio faces a new challenge, in which he will bring methods and principles that have always been the basis of Conte’s philosophy: work ethics, obsessive attention to every single detail and the hunger for victory that never fails.

A serial winner. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

“Alessio starts a new path with an excellent club, replacing an important manager like Steve Clarke who was not surprisingly chosen to lead the Scottish national team. In Italy it was taken for granted that Alessio would follow Conte to Inter.

“Everything was ready and certainly Angelo would have signed an important contract and experienced another compelling experience alongside ‘his’ coach. It went differently because Kilmarnock ignited the desire for a challenge of his own.”

Del Piero is a big fan of the new Kilmarnock boss

In terms of praise, it doesn’t get much higher than being singled out as someone who has a ‘hunger for victory that never fails’. For those words to come from a football icon held in high regard around the world is something special.

High praise indeed. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Alessio bring plenty of high-profile experience with him to Killie. Having worked with one of the world’s best managers in Antonio Conte and players like Del Piero, that experience will bring the same elite mentality to Ayrshire.

It speaks volumes about Alessio that he could have chosen to go with Conte to Inter, yet he chose Killie. It shows he’s got ambition to make a name for himself.

The Italian got off to the perfect start by sealing a Europa League victory over Connah’s Quay Nomads. It was a good start but he’ll face tougher challenges in his time in Ayrshire.

A good start. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Alessio wants to make a name for himself as a manager, not just as Conte’s reliable assistant. That’s commendable and he’s got the backing of Del Piero to do so.

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