Kilmarnock fans have been left stunned this afternoon after learning Angelo Alessio was sacked.

The Italian was relieved of his duties after winning just eight of his 22 games in his six-month spell.

Alex Dyer has been placed in interim charge, but who is in line for the job?

Gary Holt

The early favourite for the job, the former Kilmarnock star has done well as Livingston boss despite having one of the lowest budgets in the league.

He has built up decent stock in the Premiership, and the solid defensive base at Livingston would translate well to Kilmarnock.

He still stays in Kilmarnock too, perhaps he would fancy being just a goal-kick away from his work.

Alex Dyer

Kilmarnock assistant manager Alex Dyer speaks to the media

Alex Dyer had no intentions of becoming Kilmarnock boss after Steve Clarke left in the summer.

But he could be the man to pick the side up after a poor run, and he will get the chance to prove his credentials as he has been installed as caretaker manager.

He has always enjoyed being assistant, and with how close he is to the players it will perhaps put him off becoming the boss.

Paul Clement

Paul Clement with Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich

Cut from the same cloth as Steve Clarke, Paul Clement would be a good appointment for Killie.

He has a similar CV as to what Steve Clarke's was like before he joined the Rugby Park side, and he was a contender for the job in the summer.

He may well fancy himself to be the knight in shining armour, much like Clarke was when he was appointed.

Stuart McCall

Perhaps not the most inspiring, but Kilmarnock need a solid appointment right now - and McCall would be just that.

He guided Motherwell to the Champions League, before an unspectacular spell at Rangers.

He then led Bradford to the League One play-off final before being sacked the following season despite being sixth in the league.

He won Manager of the Year at Scunthorpe in January of this year, and he was interviewed for the Hearts job so could fancy a return to Scottish football.

Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway

Holloway declared his interest back before Alessio was appointed, but whether he would be under consideration would be a different question.

He definitely has the experience that Billy Bowie and co will be looking for, including in the English Premier League.

If he does fancy it... his interviews will certainly brighten up Scottish football!

Jim McIntyre

A former Killie player, top-flight management experience and a trophy won - that's enough for McIntyre to at least be mentioned.

Has failed in bids to become manager of the likes of Falkirk and Ayr United, so probably rules him out of this one.

Again he would be an unspectacular choice, but could be seen as a safe pair of hands.