Jim Jefferies' eight-year reign as Kilmarnock manager ended on Monday night after he and assistant Billy Brown left the Clydesdale Bank Premier League club "by mutual consent".

The 59-year-old Jefferies departs at the end of a traumatic few days at Rugby Park, which saw chairman Michael Johnston forced to deny allegations he had attempted to discuss the manager's tactics with club captain Kevin Kyle.

Kilmarnock said in a statement: "An agreement has been reached among Kilmarnock Football Club, team manager Jim Jefferies and assistant team manager Billy Brown, which will allow Messrs Jefferies and Brown to leave the employment of the Club with immediate effect. The agreement was reached by mutual consent."

It added: "Everyone at Kilmarnock Football Club wishes to thank Jim and Billy for their eight years of service to the club, a period which witnessed several "top six" SPL finishes and the League Cup final in 2007.

"The club will now seek a new manager with a view to restoring its position in the top six of the SPL and challenging for this year's Scottish Cup."

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