DEREK McINNES admits the support can make Kilmarnock “special” after he agreed an 18-month deal to succeed sacked Tommy Wright as Rugby Park boss.
The 50-year-old former Aberdeen gaffer has been out of work since being axed by the Pittodrie club in March last year when Stephen Glass was brought in.
McInnes, who has also bossed St Johnstone and Bristol City, takes over from Wright who was dumped after the Ayrshire club’s promotion bid faltered with four defeats in five matches. He had only been in the post 10 months.
The ex-Rangers midfielder will be joined by long-term assistant Tony Docherty in his first game against Queen of the South at Palmerston on Saturday.
Killie are fourth in the Championship, five points behind surprise leaders Arbroath with a game in hand.
McInnes, speaking on the club website, said: “I’m delighted to be here and I’m well aware of the potential of the club having played and managed against Kilmarnock over the years. I remember the Tommy Burns era and, more recently, Steve Clarke bringing good success and consistency.
“I know the backing from the fans can make this club special, so for me it is a great opportunity.”
McInnes led the Dons to their piece of silverware in two decades a year after he was appointed manager in 2013 when they beat Inverness Caley Thistle to win the League Cup and also steered the club to four runners-up finishes in the top flight.