Mixu Paatelainen is named as the new Kilmarnock manager
Paatelainen joy at Killie appointment
By John Barnes
Mixu Paatelainen has joined Kilmarnock as their new manager, agreeing a two-year deal with an option for a third.
The 43-year-old former Finland international has been out of football for over a year, having left his post at Hibernian in May 2009.
"I was desperate to get back and I look forward to being at Kilmarnock," said Paatelainen. "I missed the training ground and the adrenaline.
"There is scope to improve the squad. Not too much, just a little bit."
The Ayrshire club narrowly avoided relegation last season and have lost several players under freedom of contract, including top scorer Kevin Kyle, Simon Ford, David Fernandez and Gavin Skelton.
Jimmy Calderwood decided against continuing in the Killie dugout since he was not happy with the proposed player budget and the prospect of losing first team coach Sandy Clark to further financial cuts.
And Paatelainen is well aware he will be dealing with limited funds as the club struggle with debts in the region of £11m.
"I hope to bring in a couple of players," he added. "I haven't spoken to any of the players and I don't intend to until 5 July.
"I know it's a big task and difficult. The SPL is very tight but I believe with hard work you can create a little luck."
Prior to his 16-month spell in charge at Easter Road, Paatelainen had managed TPS in his homeland and Cowdenbeath.
As a player, Paatelainen turned out for a host of clubs, including Dundee United, Aberdeen, Bolton and Wolves.
Kilmarnock have yet to reveal who will assist their new manager in his backroom team.
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