DETERMINED new Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark is ultimately hoping to take the club back into Europe.

However assuring survival in the top flight is the immediate aim of the ex-Blackpool and Birmingham City boss, who was unveiled as the new manager at Rugby Park on Monday morning.

Former caretaker boss Lee McCulloch is the new assistant manager and coach Peter Leven is also staying on.

Clark (43) is excited about his appointment and said: The short term aim is to keep Killie in the top flight. Kilmarnock have been in and around the bottom half of the table for too long. As a manager you want to compete in Europe against the top teams. It's something for the medium to long term. Once the short-term goal is achieved, obviously the main objective is to stay in this division, then we can build the club," said the Englishman."

He is looking forward to working with McCulloch, who helped mastermind Saturday's vital 2-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win away to Motherwell and said: "I read that Lee didn't understand how hard it was until he actually stepped in. A big factor in keeping Lee and Peter is they know the club and players inside out."

Meanwhile Killie were worthy winners at Fir Park on Saturday as they leapfrogged hosts Motherwell into third bottom spot.

The visitors made the early running and a goalbound shot from Greg Kiltie was deflected wide by Kieran Kennedy and Connor Ripley made top drawer saves to foil Tope Obadeyi and Craig Slater. Josh Magennis then had a chance but was sent tumbling by Steven Hammell who was booked/

Ripley then saves a Steven Smith free-kick.

However Killie made the breakthrough in 55 minutes when Kiltie ran onto a Smith cross and knocked the ball home from three yards.

Six minutes later the visiting fans celebrated wildly as Kiltie set up Craig Slater to send home a drive from the edge of the box and seal an important win.

STARMAN from Motherwell game

Craig Slater 3

Lee Hodson 2

Steven Smith 1.