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Allan Johnston to quit as Kilmarnock manager

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Allan Johnston is to quit his role as Kilmarnock manager at the end of the season, when his two-year deal at the Rugby Park side expires.

The 41-year-old replaced Kenny Shiels in the summer of 2013 after winning the Second Division title and the Ramsdens Cup Final with Queen of the South.

Johnston said: “There is a new chairman coming in and I think it is important that there is a freshness about the club and it is time to move on anyway. Until then I will give 110 per cent. It is a good club and it is important we finish the season strongly.”

A major factor for Johnston’s decision seems to be the selling of youngster Robbie Muirhead to Dundee United on deadline day.

On Muirhead’s exit, Johnston said: “There is a number of things but that certainly doesn’t make your job any easier. I never found out Robbie was away until five past 12 (on deadline day). Stuff like that, it is not the way things are done.

“It was really difficult to arrive at the decision (to leave). It is not something you want to do. I trust in the players I have got but at the end of the day I think it is the best decision for myself and the club. It is disappointing but at the end of the day there is still a job to be done between now and the end of the season.”

The Board will now convene to consider their options.

Kilmarnock currently sit in eighth place in the Premiership table.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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