Kilmarnock have confirmed the appointment of Angelo Alessio, former assistant to Antonio Conte at Chelsea, Juventus and Italy, as their new manager on a three-year contract to replace Scotland boss Steve Clarke.

Killie confirmed Alessio’s appointment on their official Twitter account with the Italian signing a three-year deal with the Rugby Park side.

Alessio teamed up with Conte at Siena in 2010 and the pair went on to work together for a number of years.

Clarke’s assistant at Rugby Park Alex Dyer will be retained and work alongside Alessio as they look for an easy transition.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea and his assistant Angelo Alessio look on from the sidelines during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on January 10, 2018 in London, England.

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After finishing third in the Scottish Premiership last season, Alessio will have European football to look forward to from next month.

The new Kilmarnock boss will almost certainly use his contacts in the game to bring in new players quickly and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a number of his countrymen arrive in Ayrshire.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Angelo Alessio, Chelsea Assistant manager and Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea (R) both react during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Chelsea at Stadium of Light on December 14, 2016 in Sunderland, England. Kilmarnock

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Despite being Conte’s assistant in recent years, Alessio is no stranger to being a manager in his own right with stints at Italian sides SPAL, Imolese and Massese before linking up with Conte.

His experience as a number two at the likes of Chelsea and Juve should be a massive help for Killie’s players and keep the high standards enforced by Clarke.

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