Oran Kearney appointed new manager of St Mirren

St Mirren have named Oran Kearney as the club's new manager.

Oran Kearney has left Coleraine to take the St Mirren job. Picture: Lorcan Doherty/INPHO/REX/Shutterstock

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.

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“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.”