Jim Jefferies was Kilmarnock manager for eight years between 28 February 2002 & 11 January 2010. He was appointed along with Billy Brown on February 28th 2002.
"We've all got the same aim, we're not all on different wave-lengths, we're all sharing the same cause and that's to get Kilmarnock up there challenging, making them a big club."
His first decision was to ask Ian Drrant to join his coaching team. His first match was a 3-2 come from behind win over Dundee, with Jim putting on super-sub Andy McLaren to score two super goals ! In 2002-03 Jim led Killie to 4th place SPL finish & a record number of points...57.
Jim had previously brought an end to years of trophy-less disappointment at Tynecastle when he shrewdly-assembled Hearts won the 1998 Scottish Cup. That secured him a job with Premiership Bradford, but he has been most impressive when working within limited budgets. Prior clubs managed Berwick, & Falkirk.
In Aug of 2004 Jim was awarded a 3 year contract extension taking him through 2007, he then rewarded Jim Moffat's faith with a 1-0 win Hibs on the opening day of the 2004-2005 season.
In Jan of 2006 both Jim & Billy Brown (left) signed new contracts keeping them in charge, at Rugby Park through 2009. The management team that year (2005-06) guided Killie to a "top 6" SPL finish, and did not lose to a team below them all year in the league!
Jim celebrated his 2,000th day in charge of the Killie on Aug 21st 2007, with Killie tied for 2nd in the SPL after 3 matches of the 07-08 season,
Jim Jefferies won the Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month for August 2008, after an unbeaten (& un-scored upon) start to the 2008-2009 season!
In Sept 2008 Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies has agreed a contract extension which tied him to the Rugby Park club until 2012.
Killie Chairman Michael Johnston said of JJ.... "It's been a great start to the season and hopefully this is more good news for the supporters, I'm a great believer in stability. I have never had any doubt about Jim and (assistant) Billy's (Brown) abilities to get the best out of the squad. They have shown that over the years since they came here in 2002. We had a bit of a blip last year but that was principally down to a succession of injuries, keeping out key players at important times. We strengthened the squad and we have had a good start, so everything is back on track."
Monday 11th Jan 2010: Kilmarnock FC released a press statement confirming the termination of both Jim Jefferies & Billy Brown's contracts by mutual consent. This came after a run of 9 SPL matches that saw Killie only win 1 match (including a home loss to bottom of the table Falkirk), and saw Killie slump to 11th position in the SPL.
There also was the issue of club capt Kevin Kyle telling the press that he had been approached by Killie Chairman Michael Johnston to discuss team tactics (allegedly behind JJ's back) adding fuel to the fire.