INVERNESS Caledonian Thistle stand-in manager Duncan Shearer has ruled himself out of taking the job on a permanent basis.
The former Aberdeen striker, who also had a spell at Inverness at the end of his playing career, presided over a 1-0 triumph against St Johnstone on Saturday in the first game since Terry Butcher’s departure to Hibernian.
Billy McKay’s third-minute goal decided the result in a game where neither goalkeeper was seriously tested.
But with chairman Kenny Cameron possessing a shortlist whittling down the candidates for the manager’s job, Shearer has no interest on being on it.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “It’s not for me, I had a taste of it at Aberdeen and I didn’t like it.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever worked with someone like [ex-assistant manager] Maurice Malpas and I see a lot of myself in him. I’m not saying I’m at his level of coaching but I like the way he goes about his business and the way he helps everything. That’s the kind of coach I aspire to be.
“I’m enjoying doing my under-20s and I’m enjoying helping the club keep things ticking over and loved it for the fans in this game.
“Even the team talks, you speak to them and you don’t even have to tell them anything. They’re seasoned pros now and if I’ve got to repeat it all to my left-back or right-back now, it’s no use as they’ve heard it all a thousand times.”
St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright praised the defensive qualities of Shearer’s side as the Perth side failed to break down the hosts.
Despite threatening on the counter-attack, Dean Brill did not have a save to make and Wright said it was testament to the effort Caley Thistle put in.
“They’re a side that when you go one down against, it’s hard to get back in the game,” he said. “They work extremely hard for each other and you have to compliment them for that.
“I thought we had started the game alright, but they scored with their first attack. We defended the cross poorly and it shouldn’t happen, it’s too easy.
“They played on the counter on us and we knew they would. They have guys like Aaron Doran, Billy McKay and Nick Ross who are going to make it difficult for you. I thought we controlled possession for most of the game but didn’t do enough with it.”
Inverness had got off to the perfect start just three minutes into the game as Carl Tremarco and Aaron Doran combined down the left flank, the former bursting through and laying a cross for McKay to slide in off the far post. The goal was McKay’s tenth league goal of the season and ensured he would remain at the top of the Premiership’s goal-scoring charts, while the result ensured Inverness kept up the pressure on league leaders Celtic.
The visitors’ best opportunities came on the break through Nigel Hasselbaink, David Wotherspoon and Stevie May, but none of them capitalised.