Backroom Team Bolstered As Sheerin Steps Into Assistant Manager Role

Kilmarnock FC are pleased to announce Paul Sheerin as the club’s new Assistant Manager, while Alan Archibald bolsters the backroom set-up as First-Team Coach.

A key member of Derek McInnes’ existing coaching team, Paul Sheerin builds on an already impressive spell at the club as he moves into the Assistant Manager role. In addition to carrying out first-team coaching duties since joining in January 2022, Sheerin was also responsible for overseeing the development squad’s successful 2022/23 campaign, in which his young side lifted the SPFL Reserve Cup.

Picking up First-Team Coach responsibilities is Alan Archibald who joins from Motherwell, where he was most recently working as Lead Development Coach. The former Partick Thistle manager reunites with Derek McInnes: a teammate at Dundee United during their playing days.

Also joining the first-team set-up is Craig Clark who moves across from coaching Kilmarnock Under-18s. In addition to working alongside the first-team as Technical Coach, he will continue involvement with the youth squads in a Head of Academy Coaching position.

Chris Burke has been handed the responsibility of nurturing the next generation of homegrown talent by being appointed Head Coach of the Under-18s.

Commenting on the restructuring of his backroom team, Derek McInnes said: “Paul has been a key member of my team for a number of years which makes him the natural choice as Assistant Manager. It’s important to freshen the backroom team after a certain period of time, but he will also allow us to keep a valuable level of continuity.

“Alan is someone I also know extremely well, and he’ll add a fresh perspective to the team. His track record of player development aligns with our long-term ambitions here at the club.

“We’re also privileged to have two very talented young coaches in Craig and Chris. It’s essential that their progression is recognised and I’m delighted that they have committed to Kilmarnock for the next stage of their coaching careers.”