Kilmarnock Announce Angelo Alessio as New Boss
Former Juventus and Chelsea Assistant Takes Control
Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock have appointed former Juventus midfielder Angelo Alessio as manager. The 54-year-old former assistant at Chelsea, Juventus and Italy has signed a three-year contract.
Having never been more than an assistant, Kilmarnock are, therefore, taking an ambitious leap with the appointment of Alessio.
Alessio, who had an excellent relationship with Antonio Conte, succeeds Steve Clarke.
“It is a real honour for me to be named Kilmarnock manager,” Alessio said to the Club website.
“I’ve spent a lot of time researching and gathering information about the club and everyone I spoke to had nothing but positive things to say about Kilmarnock.
“I can’t wait to get to work with the players and staff on the training pitch and building on the strong foundations left by Steve Clarke.”
Kilmarnock will hope to build on a third-place finish last term and director Billy Bowie added: “We were extremely impressed by the calibre of the candidates for the vacancy but Angelo’s knowledge and passion for the role really shone through.
This is a hugely exciting period for Kilmarnock as we celebrate the club’s 150th Anniversary and play European football for the first time in 18 years and we’re looking forward to this new chapter with Angelo at the helm.”
Relationship with Antonio Conte
Alessio had a successful playing career as a midfielder with Juventus, Bologna and Bari. The 54-year-old moved into coaching in 2002, starting as assistant manager of Napoli.
However, the Italian’s work with Conte did not begin until 2010 at Siena. Alessio then followed Conte to Juventus where they won three Serie A titles between 2012 and 2014.
Alessio was also part of the Italy national team coaching staff that led Italy to the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championships. Further success with Conte followed as Chelsea secured the 2016/17 Premier League title.