Kilmarnock have announced that James Fowler will become their Head of Football Operations following his departure from Sunderland.

Fowler had been serving as the Black Cats caretaker boss in the wake of Jack Ross’ departure before leaving the Stadium of Light himself shortly afterwards.

Fowler is at Kilmarnock following his Sunderland exit.

Fowler is at Kilmarnock following his Sunderland exit. (Photo by MI News | NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He will now return to Killie, where he spent a large chunk of his playing career.

In a club statement, Fowler expressed how happy he is to have landed the Killie role: “I am thrilled to be coming back to the club as Head of Football Operations.

“With the experience I’ve gained in the last 5-year in various roles within the industry, I feel that this is the right opportunity for me to implement my ideas.”

Fowler doesn’t join Ross at Hibs

Having assisted Ross at both St Mirren and Sunderland, it was expected that Fowler would join Ross in his next managerial role. Fowler has instead opted for Killie though as Ross heads for Hibs.

Ross is now at Hibs. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

The 39-year-old will oversee all footballing operations at Rugby Park, all the way from U18s to first-team level. He will be responsible for scouting and recruitment across every department

A Killie legend, Fowler made over 460 appearances in Ayrshire and helped the club win the League Cup in 2012.

Now he’ll be looking to move on from his Sunderland spell in familiar territory.

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