Oran Kearney appointed new manager of St Mirren

Oran Kearney has left Coleraine to take the St Mirren job. Picture: Lorcan Doherty/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock
Oran Kearney has left Coleraine to take the St Mirren job. Picture: Lorcan Doherty/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock
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St Mirren have named Oran Kearney as the club’s new manager.

The 40-year-old school teacher has agreed a three-year deal with the Buddies after leaving Northern Irish side Coleraine, who he led to Irish Cup glory last season and a second-place finish in the NIFL Premiership.

Speaking to St Mirren’s website, Kearney said: “It’s been a rollercoaster 72 hours to be honest. It’s all been very surreal.

“I had an interview in the summer that went well and I got a really good feeling about the people in charge at the club.

“I didn’t get the job at that point but I said what’s for you won’t go by you and here I am.

“There were a few things I had to sort out but I feel at this stage it’s the right move for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

Kearney replaces Alan Stubbs, who left the club after three losses in their opening four league matches.

Buddies chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick added: “We are absolutely delighted to have Oran in as our new manager. He is a highly impressive individual and I look forward to working with him.”