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Manager Jimmy Calderwood will not return to Kilmarnock

Former Kilmarnock manager Jimmy Calderwood
Calderwood will continue his managerial career away from Rugby Park

Jimmy Calderwood has told BBC Scotland he will not be returning to Kilmarnock to manage the club.

The ex-Aberdeen boss was unhappy at the playing budget for next season and at the prospect of parting with assistant Sandy Clark to cut operating costs.

"I couldn't fulfil my ambitions under those financial limitations," he said.

Calderwood, 55, who guided the Ayrshiremen to Scottish Premier League safety on the final day of the season, replaced Jim Jefferies in January.

However, the manager and Rugby Park chairman Michael Johnston had agreed that the arrangement would run only five months, until the end of the season, at which point both parties would consider a longer-term deal.

Now, though, former Willem II, Nijmegen, Dunfermline and Dons manager Calderwood has decided to continue his career elsewhere.

"To be honest, it was more to do with the budget and Sandy offering to leave," he said.

"To have a fighting chance of making the top half of the table, the budget wasn't enough.

It is true the chairman wanted Sandy to leave to save money, but that was never going to happen as we are a team

Former Killie manager
Jimmy Calderwood

"It would have made it very difficult to do that and take it on to another level."

Calderwood was not prepared to work without his established management team of Clark and Jimmy Nicholl, the trio having worked together at East End Park and Pittodrie.

But, with debts of around £11m, Kilmarnock need to restrict their costs and Johnston wanted to save money by axing Clark, just as he had done with Jefferies' coach, Gary Locke, last summer.

"It is true that Sandy offered to leave but that was never going to happen as we are a team," said Calderwood.

Former St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson, who spent 11 years at Kilmarnock and won the Scottish Cup with them, is likely to be on Johnston's shortlist to become new manager.

However, MacPherson, who was sacked by the Paisley side at the end of last season, faces stiff competition from Steve Kean, a first-team coach at Blackburn Rovers.

A midfielder on the books at Celtic in the 1980s, Kean moved to Swansea City before completing his playing career in Portugal.

He has spent time at Spaniards Real Sociedad, Fulham and Coventry before joining Blackburn under Sam Allardyce last year.



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No quick decision on Killie boss
20 May 10 |  Kilmarnock
Johnston cautious of Massone bid
13 May 10 |  Kilmarnock
Calderwood awaits Kilmarnock call
10 May 10 |  Kilmarnock
Calderwood may not stay at Killie
08 May 10 |  Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock 0-0 Falkirk
08 May 10 |  Scottish Premier
Dons part with manager Calderwood
24 May 09 |  Aberdeen


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