Gary Teale keen on St Mirren manager job

Gary Teale has taken temporary charge of St Mirren. Picture: SNS

Gary Teale has taken temporary charge of St Mirren. Picture: SNS

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GARY Teale declared himself “definitely” keen to become St Mirren’s manager after being appointed interim boss of the Paisley club.

However Teale, who won 13 caps for Scotland, is looking at the longer term.

After his meeting with club board members, Teale, 36, said: “Basically they asked me to take over and take it on a game-by-game basis.

“But you know what it’s like in football. They have probably had about 500 applications in the last 20 minutes. I am over the moon, although obviously I am absolutely devastated because Tommy gave me the opportunity in the first place to bridge the gap between playing and coaching.

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“You don’t get many opportunities so I will go in there and do the best I can.”

Teale’s first job, however, will be to deal with the possible awkwardness regarding the position of Jim Goodwin who was also promoted to player/coach when Craig became manager.

Asked what would happen with the Irishman following the shake-up at the club, he replied: “Jim will carry on as a player at this moment in time, so he can concentrate on being a player. ”

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