Sunday, 19 June 2011

Kenny Shiels - The Best Man For The Job?

Kenny Shiels and Jimmy Nicholl have been put in charge of Kilmarnock FC on a full time basis after taking over managing duties when Mixu Paatelainen took the chance to return to Finland and become the National team's manager.

Shiels has limited managerial experience after becoming the Coleraine manger in 2000 he has went on to manage Ballymena United, Carrick Rangers and Larne. He also spent a few years at Tranmere Rovers as the head of youth coaching before moving to rugby park.

In the 8 games Shiels took charge of his side won none and only managed to score 7 goals while conceding 19.

Obviously people could argue this means little towards the end of the season and that he will start a fresh in the new campaign but he took over a team that were playing some of the best football Kilmarnock fans have witnessed in a few years after some relegation battles.

Shiels will also have work to do in pre-season as he has already lost some members of his team with, Craig Bryson, Jamie Hamill and Mehdi Taouil all heading for the exit. Playmaker Alexei Eremenko who was on loan from Metalist Kharkiv for the season. It is unlikely that he will return to Scotland as it is rumoured his parent club want in the region of £1 million which Kilmarnock seem unwilling to pay.

So it will be a difficult task for the new management team and I personally feel they will be facing a relegation battle come May. 

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I think Kenny is worth the money. He's done some great things.