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Alex Rae holds Kilmarnock manager talks

Alex Rae spent a little over two seasons in charge at Dundee
Alex Rae spent a little over two seasons in charge at Dundee

By John Barnes

Former Dundee boss Alex Rae met Kilmarnock on Thursday to discuss the managerial vacancy at Rugby Park.

The Ayrshire club have had initial talks with German World Cup winner Thomas Hassler and met with former Killie forward Lawrie McKinna.

Rae is currently first-team coach at MK Dons but is understood to be keen on a return to the manager's role.

The former Rangers midfielder, 40, still has one year left on his contract with the English League One club.

Killie lost out on their first choice, Blackburn Rovers coach Steve Kean, after baulking at a compensation fee in the region of £200,000.

But chairman Michael Johnston is casting the net wide in the search for a successor to Jimmy Calderwood.

Hassler, now coaching at Cologne, made more than 100 appearances for Germany, winning the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96, and can boast Juventus, Roma and Borussia Dortmund among his former clubs.

McKinna has been head coach of Central Coast Mariners for the past five years.

However, he is due to step down from that role at the Australian club and take over as the football and commercial operations manager for the 2010/2011 season.

"I've had a couple of chats with Lawrie," Johnston told BBC Scotland.

"He was visiting his parents and I gave him the courtesy of speaking to him as he still harbours thoughts of coaching.

"He has a very good record with Central Coast Mariners and is a person who has a broad skill set.


"While he has a lot of positives, there is the aspect that he's not been involved in Scottish football for a while."

McKinna, scored 17 goals in 87 league appearances during a four-year spell at Killie before heading to Australia in 1986.

He will be in South Africa this summer, covering the World Cup for Australian television.

"We have quite a few irons in the fire and are examining various options, " added Johnston.

"We're still looking at candidates with more coming out of the woodwork every day and a number from overseas.

"We haven't offered anyone the post. We thought we had Steve Kean, but Blackburn put a stop to that.

"We've not set a timescale."

Calderwood left Kilmarnock at the end of the season, saying he was unhappy about the playing budget and the prospect of losing coach Sandy Clark to cut costs.

Kilmarnock's Scottish Cup hero Paul Wright has declared an interest in managing his former club.

The man who scored the winning goal in the 1997 final is currently a youth coach at the club.

Celtic coach Willie McStay, former St Mirren boss Gus MacPherson and Ross County manager Derek Adams have all been linked with the vacancy.

However, Adams has confirmed that he is not interested in taking over at Rugby Park.

Former Romanian coach Victor Piturca is also thought to have applied.

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see also
Kean 'not interested' in Killie
03 Jun 10 |  Kilmarnock
Calderwood splits from Kilmarnock
31 May 10 |  Kilmarnock

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