Angelo Alessio has sent a message out to Kilmarnock fans after giving his first interview as manager.
The Italian will be leading his new side into Europe at the beginning of next month when they take on Connah’s Quay Nomads in the first round of Europa League qualifying.
He was named as Steve Clarke’s replacement on Sunday and has immediately got down to the task of leading Killie.
Alessio has no experience of Scottish football, but has plenty with top European clubs like Chelsea, Juventus and the Italian national side.
And that’s why Kilmarnock fans are excited about Alessio as their new boss.
He sat down with Kilmarnock’s media team earlier this week to share his thoughts on taking the job and sent out a motivational message to the supporters.
Speaking about it via Kilmarnock TV, Alessio said: “I come here to work hard and to have a team that you can be proud of. Forza Killie!”
Alessio also revealed what attracted him to taking the Killie job following Clarke’s exit to take over as Scotland manager.
He said: “When my agent called me, the last match between Kilmarnock and Rangers – which they won 2-1 – I saw the fans very passionate and positive. And the team very tight and close.”
It’s clear Alessio’s English isn’t the strongest yet, but you have to assume that will improve dramatically while working in Scotland.
He also gave his initial thoughts on the squad, saying: “We have good, professional players.
“We follow the same season as last year and, for this, we have to work hard every day.”
You can watch all of Alessio’s first interview for free via tv.kilmarnockfc.co.uk.