Kilmarnock to decide manager Kenny Shiels' job within days

By John BarnesBBC Scotland
Kenny Shiels in the Kilmarnock dugout

Kenny Shiels' future as Kilmarnock manager will be decided in the coming week, BBC Scotland has learned.

The 57-year-old's position following various run-ins with the Scottish Football Association and a ninth-place finish in the league table.

Kilmarnock's management committee will take into consideration their lowest finish since the 2009-10 season.

They endured their worst home record in more than 30 years, winning only five and drawing four of 19 league matches.

However, only the top two clubs in the Scottish Premier League this season, Celtic and Motherwell, had a better record away from home.

Indeed, only champions Celtic had as few defeats - five - as Kilmarnock on their travels.

Shiels arrived at Rugby Park in 2010 as assistant to Mixu Paatelainen, having been youth coach at Tranmere Rovers following a series of managerial jobs in his native Northern Ireland.

Prior to his arrival, Kilmarnock had finished 11th, only two points above relegated Falkirk.

At the end of the 2010-11 season, they were fifth, with Shiels having taken over as caretaker manager in April after Paatelainen was appointed Finland boss.

In Shiels' first full season in charge, Kilmarnock finished seventh but won the Scottish Communities League Cup.

There was to be no cup joy this term to compensate for finishing outside the top six after the end-of-season league split, while Shiels has been the subject of a series of touchline suspensions.

Following the latest, , Kilmarnock chairman Michael Johnston told BBC Scotland that the manager's position was under review.

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