Alex Dyer (footballer, born 1965)

Alexander Constantine Dyer (born 14 November 1965) is an English former footballer who is manager of Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock. He is also an assistant coach of the Scotland national team.

Dyer played mainly as a defender (he could also play in midfield) for eleven clubs in a seventeen-year professional career. His achievements as a player including helping Blackpool win promotion to the Third Division in 1985 and Crystal Palace to the First Division in 1989.

Playing career

Dyer began his youth career at Watford, but did not make a senior appearance for the club, signing instead for Blackpool for whom he made 108 appearances between 1983 and 1987. He moved on to Hull City in 1987 making 60 appearances, scoring 14 times, over the next two seasons. On 9 November 1988 Dyer signed for Crystal Palace and made his debut on 12 November, as a substitute for Neil Redfearn in an away 0–2 defeat to Bournemouth. Redfearn moved on to Watford on 18 November and Dyer took his number seven shirt for the next six games before losing his place to Eddie McGoldrick, who signed from Northampton Town on 9 January 1989. Those seven appearances (one goal) made up Dyer's total for the 1988–89 season in which Palace achieved promotion to the top tier. Dyer remained at Palace for the 1989–90 season making 10 further appearances and scoring one other goal, before moving on to Charlton Athletic. He subsequently played for, Oxford United, Lincoln City, Barnet, F.C. Maia (Portugal), Huddersfield Town and Notts County before moving into non-league football firstly with Kingstonian and then Hayes.

Coaching and management career

Having been employed for eight months as a PE Teacher in a South London school, in April 2004 he joined West Ham United as assistant to sports scientist Tony Strudwick. His role at the club changed to conditioning coach in July 2007. and following Kevin Keen's promotion to first-team coach, reserve team coach in September 2008.

In January 2011 he left the Hammers to link up with Chris Powell as assistant manager at Charlton Athletic. On 27 May 2014 Dyer was sacked from Charlton after the appointment of Bob Peeters as manager.

Following the appointment of Powell as the new manager of Huddersfield Town, Dyer, a former Terrier himself, joined the Yorkshire side as assistant manager on 3 September 2014. When Powell was dismissed on 4 November 2015, Dyer also left his post.

On 7 April 2017 Dyer was appointed manager of Welling United until the end of the season. Despite being keen to continue in the manager's role, Welling announced a new management team for the coming season on 12 May 2017.

Dyer was appointed as a first team coach at National League South Whitehawk in October 2017, but left within days to join Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock.

On 5 June 2019, Dyer followed Steve Clarke to the Scottish national team as assistant manager. He continued as assistant manager at Kilmarnock under Angelo Alessio, and was made caretaker manager after Alessio was sacked in December 2019. After three games in caretaker charge, Dyer was appointed Kilmarnock manager to the end of the 2019–20 season.

Career statistics

Managerial record

  • initially caretaker.