Coleraine 'set the record straight' after St Mirren chairman's claims over Kearney departure
Coleraine have hit back at St Mirren claims they played a role in Oran Kearney's exit from the Scottish Premiership side.
St Mirren chairman Gordon Scott said it was "pretty obvious" that Kearney would return to the Bannsiders after just 10 months in charge but the Bannsiders maintain they have operated within the Irish FA rules and done nothing wrong.
Scott had described Kearney's departure as "the worst-kept secret in Scottish football".
A Coleraine statement read: "Coleraine FC have today read with disappointment the comments from St Mirren regarding the recent appointment of Oran Kearney as our manager.
"We wish to set the record straight that Coleraine FC has at all times conducted itself in a professional manner, in accordance the rules and regulations of the IFA, and had no contact with Oran regarding the vacancy at the club until it was confirmed he had parted company from St Mirren.
"We had interviewed a number of candidates for the position and had been refused permission to speak to another candidate.
"Furthermore, the last minute cancellation of a friendly with St Mirren was a major disappointment to not only Bannsiders, but also to a number of St Mirren fans whom made the journey none the less to the north coast."
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A 'disappointed' Kearney said: "If the chairman has been correctly quoted then not only is he issuing public statements that are untrue but he has also breached a legal agreement St Mirren FC asked me to enter into.
"I am bound by the legal obligations of the agreement and I'm seeking assurances that St Mirren will do likewise. I choose not to enter a war of words nor will I allow my character, commimtent and integrity to be questioned."