QPR loanee Niko Hamalainen admits he’ll forever be in Angelo Alessio’s debt after the ex-Chelsea assistant was abruptly sacked by Kilmarnock.
The Italian lasted just under six months at Killie before the club brought down the axe. They currently sit fifth in the Premiership, which is a pretty decent position all things considered.
There are changes afoot though and Hamalainen says that he owes Alessio for his consistent breaks at first-team football this season.
He told the Daily Record (page 50, 21/12/19): “It just didn’t work out here. He is a good manager. Even if we lost, drew or won the game he would come round and shake the players’ hands and say well done.
“When news broke he was getting sacked he shook our hands and spoke to us. I’ll always thank Angelo for having faith in me.”
Alessio has benefitted QPR full-back Hamalainen
Hamalainen’s had the thankless task of trying to replace Greg Taylor at Rugby Park this term. To his credit, he’s did that pretty admirably, turning in consistent performances since his switch from Loftus Road.
He’s featured in all but two Premiership games so far this term. He’s kept Stephen Hendrie out the team and Alessio’s continued faith in him has allowed the QPR full-back to make a name for himself.
In his first appearance under interim boss Alex Dyer, Hamalainen and his Killie teammates couldn’t muster up a win. They fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Motherwell courtesy of a Jake Carroll free kick.
It seems as if Hamalainen will remember Alessio fondly.