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Coleraine boss Oran Kearney releases statement on St Mirren interest

By Adam McKendry

Coleraine manager Oran Kearney has taken to social media to discuss his recent interview with Scottish Premiership side St Mirren over their managerial vacancy.

The Bannsiders chief was interviewed earlier in the week for the role, however this morning it was announced that former Hibs and Rotherham United boss Alan Stubbs had been handed the reins.

After that news, Kearney posted a statement on Twitter explaining why he went for the interview and issued a heartfelt thanks to the community around him.

"It wasn't appropriate to comment during, but now it's over I feel I should share my views," Kearney wrote.

"An approach was made to invite me over to interview for the St Mirren job. After some thought I chose to attend, not because I am unhappy at CPC or Coleraine FC but because sometimes in life opportunities appear that could have 'life changing' consequences.

"I didn't want to look back in 20 years with regret and a huge 'what if' eating at me in relation to how things might have ended up if I didn't pursue.

"I enjoyed the preparation and the buzz of the interview itself and as my mum always says, 'What's for you will never pass you.'

"I am delighted with the feedback I received from the St Mirren board and thank them for the opportunity, I can now look forward with no baggage in my mind in life and football.

"Finally, this week proved a humbling experience, that in my family circle, my school community and my football family I am lucky to be surrounded by so many special people."

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