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Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer

Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer

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Kilmarnock manager Alex Dyer

Alex Dyer hopes he can inspire other black coaches to persist with their managerial ambitions after being given a long-term opportunity at Kilmarnock.

The former Crystal Palace and Charlton player has signed a two-year contract after initially taking charge of Killie on a caretaker basis last December when Angelo Alessio was sacked, before being kept on for the rest of the season.

Dyer was assistant during Steve Clarke's hugely successful Rugby Park reign and stayed at the Ayrshire club when Alessio succeeded the Scotland manager.

With the subject of black managers high on the agenda amid the recent focus on discrimination, Dyer was asked if he felt like a standard bearer.

"I'm not sure, I'm just a black man who wants to be a coach," the 54-year-old said.

"I want to do the best I can. This football club has given me the chance to carry on with my coaching and managerial opportunity.

"We know that there should be more black, Asian, minority ethnic in the game, and should be given the chance.

"And I hope that changes. I hope people look at me and go, 'Yeah, it can happen'."

Belfast Telegraph