Gary Teale turns to Billy Davies for advice

Former Scotland winger Teale has been put in temporary charge while the club hunts for Tommy Craig's successor. Picture: SNS
Former Scotland winger Teale has been put in temporary charge while the club hunts for Tommy Craig's successor. Picture: SNS
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INTERIM St Mirren manager Gary Teale has turned to former boss Billy Davies for advice on how to save Saints from the drop.

The Paisley club are bottom of the Scottish Premiership having gone almost 12 weeks without a win.

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Former Scotland winger Teale has been put in temporary charge while chairman Stewart Gilmour leads the hunt for Tommy Craig’s successor.

And he has now revealed how he has sought the opinions of a number of his former bosses on how he can turn the Buddies’ fortunes around.

He told Press Association Sport: “I was always in contact with a lot of my ex-managers anyway because I always knew I wanted to go into the coaching side.

“So I have been talking to Paul Jewell who I worked with at Wigan and Billy Davies, my boss at Derby.

“They just give me a few little tips but the most honest advice everyone gives me is to just be my own man.

“They tell me to do what I think is right and not to have any regrets. It’s okay to take advice from people but at the end of the day go with your own choices.

“At the end of the day you usually end up going with your gut instincts so just stick to it. That seems like pretty decent advice.”

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Former Rangers youth Davies has been linked with a return to his old club as Ally McCoist’s successor but Teale was unable to offer any insight into the ex-Nottingham Forest and Motherwell manager’s thinking.

He said: “My head has been full with all the stuff going on here at St Mirren and Billy was just offering me advice, so as for anything else he might be involved in, it didn’t crop up in the conversation.”

Saints face Dundee at Dens Park on Saturday but will have to do without skipper Steven Thompson.

The former Scotland striker was given a straight red card by referee Alan Muir after a challenge on Motherwell’s Mark O’Brien last Saturday. Teale thought the decision was harsh but has opted against appealing the dismissal.

“It was just too inconclusive,” said the caretaker. “I left it for a bit to digest in my head and after looking at what other people had said I just decided that it was too much of a 50-50 call on whether to appeal.

“I don’t think they would have rescinded it because even on Sportscene the way they were talking about, it would have been seen as frivolous to appeal.”

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