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Thomas Haessler turns down Kilmarnock manager's job

Thomas Hassler coaches Cologne
Haessler has decided against a move to Scottish football

By John Barnes

Kilmarnock have held initial discussions with former St Mirren boss Gus MacPherson after Thomas Haessler decided against becoming their manager.

The German World Cup winner has ruled himself out due to family commitments.

"Thomas Haessler has informed us he no longer wishes to be considered for the position," chairman Michael Johnston told BBC Scotland.

"We have widened the net by looking beyond these shores, now we will look closer to home."

Having missed out on Haessler and first target Blackburn coach Steve Kean, Johnston has approached MacPherson, who spent 11 years as a Kilmarnock player.

MacPherson, 41, left St Mirren at the end of last season, having been with the Paisley club for seven years.

St Mirren finished 10th in the Scottish Premier League ahead of a Kilmarnock in a three-way relegation battle that ended with Falkirk dropping to Division One.

The Rugby Park outfit begin pre-season training on the 5 July but the chairman refuses to be rushed into a choice of manager.

"There's still plenty of time for us to consider our options before making an appointment ahead of the new season," he explained.

"We've got a pre-season tournament in Devon to look forward to and, of course, an opening league fixture against the SPL champions."

Haessler held further talks with Kilmarnock on Wednesday but the former midfielder, who helped Germany win the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96, is now out of the running.


Johnston has been looking for a new manager since parting company with Jimmy Calderwood, who had been unhappy about the playing and coaching budget.

He lost out on Kean after baulking at a compensation fee in the region of £200,000 and has had talks with former Dundee manager and current first-team coach at MK Dons Alex Rae.

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

Johnston has also met with former Killie forward Lawrie McKinna, who has been head coach of Central Coast Mariners for the past five years.

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.

McKinna, who is in South Africa covering the World Cup for Australian television, scored 17 goals in 87 league appearances during a four-year spell at Killie before heading to Australia in 1986.

Paul Wright, who scored Kilmarnock's winning goal in the 1997 Scottish Cup final and is currently a youth coach at the club, has declared an interest in the job.

However, Derek Adams, who led Ross County to the Scottish Cup final in May, has confirmed that he is not interested in switching to Rugby Park.

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see also
Kean 'not interested' in Killie
03 Jun 10 |  Kilmarnock
Calderwood splits from Kilmarnock
31 May 10 |  Kilmarnock
MacPherson & St Mirren part ways
11 May 10 |  St Mirren

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