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Thursday, 28 February, 2002, 13:55 GMT
Jefferies made new Killie boss
Ian Durrant, Jim Jefferies and Billy Brown take over at Killie
Jim Jefferies (centre) with his management team
Former Hearts boss Jim Jefferies has been appointed as the new manager of Kilmarnock.

Jefferies and his long-standing assistant Billy Brown were unveiled as the Ayrshire side's new managerial team at a Rugby Park media conference.

The pair have signed a contract at Kilmarnock until the end of season 2004-05.

Jefferies said: "I am delighted that Kilmarnock wanted me to become their next manager.

"This a big club who have gone places and I remember when I started off in management with Berwick Rangers and they were in the same division so it just shows how far they have come.

  Jefferies' managerial career
1988: Made Berwick boss
1990: Made Falkirk boss
1991: Wins First Division
1993: Relegated from Premier Division
1995: Made Hearts boss
1998: Wins Scottish Cup
2000: Made Bradford boss
May 2001: Relegated from Premiership
Dec 2001: Leaves Bradford
"There is a great staff here and some good young players coming through so I'm looking forward to the task."

His appointment follows the departure of Bobby Williamson who has taken over as manager of Hibs.

The club's veteran midfielder Ian Durrant has been appointed as the third member of the management team.

Chairman Sir John Orr told the club's official website: "As men used to the pressures of managing at the top levels in Scotland and in the English Premiership I'm sure Jim and Billy will relish the prospect of continuing Kilmarnock's success and development."

The pair have been out of work since parting company with Bradford City in December.

Kilmarnock had on Tuesday been told by former boss and present Celtic youth coach Tommy Burns that he did not wish to return to Rugby Park.

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies
"I've got to at least sustain the recent success here"
Kilmarnock coach Ian Durrant
"I'm absolutely delighted to be given this chance"
Kilmarnock chairman Sir John Orr
"Jim is a motivator and he wants to take Kilmarnock forward"
See also:

25 Feb 02 |  Scot Prem
Williamson unveiled by Hibs
25 Feb 02 |  Scotland
Williamson: Hibees' saviour?
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