• Boyd & Dicker: Alessio & Player Power
    Boyd & Dicker: Alessio & Player Power

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Boyd & Dicker: Alessio & Player Power

In the aftermath of Killie's relegation after 28 years in the top flight of Scottish Football former team-mates and club captains Gary Dicker & Kris Boyd attempt to "clear-up" the Player Power" and former manager Angelo Alessio  role(s) in the demise of Killie.

Kilmarnock were sitting fifth at the time of Alessio's sacking in Novemeber 2019 but ended this season 2020-21 in 11th before losing a play-off and being relegated....

Gary Dicker has also denied it was "player power" that led to the dismissal of former manager Angelo Alessio back in 2019.

Dicker, back home on the south coast of England, admitted "it's been a tough last few days" while wanting to set the record straight about the turbulent period that led to former Juventus, Chelsea and Italy assistant Alessio being sacked.

"It was probably just the wrong time for the wrong person, I don't think he might have been as ready for it either, his first job as well. New language, obviously that was a problem as well at first.  Most Kilmarnock fans think, 'Gary Dicker this, Gary Dicker that'.

"Listen, player power doesn't exist at the level we're at. It just didn't work, but it wasn't for the want of trying. There wasn't one player since I've been at Kilmarnock in the five years that hasn't gone out and wanted to do well and try hard." Just to put it straight - it wasn't the Gary Dicker agenda as most people probably think it was."

Dicker recalled the club's owners closely watching what was going on at training.

"If you have people that don't really understand a lot of football and they are watching what's going on and not really seeing a lot going on, I think you can obviously read a lot into that," 

On Tommy Wright:  "Tommy knows the Scottish game, he knows the players,  I fully expect Kilmarnock to - if not come straight back up - at least be challenging to come straight back up. "He's going to have to sign a lot of players, which is always difficult, It's hard signing five players let alone 15 if you need 15. Hopefully, if he can get the right people in, he can get Killie up. Relegation for me is the worst ending you can have as a footballer".

"He's going to have to sign a lot of players, which is always difficult, It's hard signing five players let alone 15 if you need 15. Hopefully, if he can get the right people in, he can get Killie up."

Killie Legend Kris Boyd in his weekly SUN column wrote the following....

"Kilmarnock might’ve stayed up if they had more like Gary Dicker (above) – Kyle Lafferty ‘not in same breath. There was only one direction Kilmarnock could head after Steve Clarke (right) led them to the dizzy heights of third spot two seasons ago.

But I never imagined their fall would be so spectacular and quite so rapid.

To be relegated to the Championship just 24 months after qualifying for Europe suggests mistakes of the highest order at every level of a club which is so close to my heart.

I spent 20 years at Rugby Park — more than half my life — and it hurt like hell to see their tame surrender in the play-offs to Dundee.

I was in more pain than most of the players and that pretty much sums up why they have dropped out the top flight for the first time in almost three decades.

Killie were never going to maintain being best of the rest behind the Old Firm when you have Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts in the equation.

But I was convinced the days of going from season to season with journeymen players was a thing of the past.

I thought this was the start of a bright new future in Ayrshire. How wrong was I?

I’m still scratching my head at Killie’s calamitous collapse.

Tommy Wright (right) should have done better, but the problems started long before he inherited the hotseat in February.

The managerial appointments and diabolical recruitment beforehand did for him.

If you hand out short-term contracts to players who bounce from club to club it catches up with you.

It means players come and go and there is no connection to the club. That is a recipe for disaster.

Wright cleared the decks on Tuesday although on Monday night many of them left with black bags, having already emptied their lockers.

A total of 14 were binned but it could have been so many more.

Youssouf Mulumbu went back to France before the play-off final but he’s been posted missing since Clarke left.

It baffled me he was brought back for a second time, never mind a third.

But it will be okay because he spoke about his love for the fans.

Which brings me to supporters turning up outside Rugby Park after Monday night’s game to demonstrate.

It sums up the mentality of some that Kyle Lafferty (right) was lauded as a hero for addressing the fans afterwards and guys like Gary Dicker and Kirk Broadfoot were getting slated on social media.

I have spent longer in the bath than big Kyle has been at the club, so don’t turn round and say he is the only one that gets it.

Yes, he has scored a few goals since coming in near the end of the season but where did he disappear to for those last three games?

You couldn’t mention him in the same breath as Dicker when it comes to my old club.

It was telling he was the only player Wright spoke about when he released 14 of them on Tuesday.

He is a fantastic person, a top player and a credit to himself and Kilmarnock.

If Killie had a few more Gary Dickers in their ranks then I would guarantee they would still be in the Premiership.

He has been away from his young family in Brighton for the past five years and sacrificed seeing his kids grow up.

Dicker was a terrific servant to the club, so people who don’t know what they are talking about should keep their own counsel.

Along with Broadfoot, he was pounded for slagging off Angelo Alessio (right) — the root cause of so many problems.

I know for a fact what they said about the Italian was bang on the money.

Part of the reason I retired was I couldn’t bear to work under him after being told by people he had worked with and whom I respected in the game he was miles off it.

Alex Dyer was left to pick up the pieces but his signings were desperate.

Wright was left with a mountain to climb although he should have been able to collect more than 12 points from 11 games before losing two play-off ties.

John Hughes (above right) went to Ross County in a similar position and kept them up, so it could be done.

Wright has been promised a bumper budget to get Killie promoted and that would mean convincing the likes of Alan Power and Rory McKenzie to stay.

He also needs players who will be here for two or three years and can also do a job in the top flight.

What he doesn’t need are players just to get him out of the Championship.

Not coming straight back up would be a disaster and going down again would be catastrophic.

That shouldn’t happen if the recruitment is right but Partick Thistle thought that — and look what happened to them.

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