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Oran Kearney addresses rumours linking him with return to Coleraine

Oran Kearney
Oran Kearney

St Mirren boss Oran Kearney has publicly addressed rumours linking him with a move back to hometown club Coleraine for the first time.

The Buddies boss has been strongly rumoured to be the Bannsiders' preferred choice to replace departing manager Rodney McAree at the Showgrounds.

Coleraine parted company with McAree just eight months into a three-year contract after a sixth-placed finish and a failure to qualify for Europe, and it is believed that the job is Kearney's if he wants it.

The Ballymoney man was a hero at the Showgrounds in the 2017/18 season, leading Coleraine to a second-placed finish and an Irish Cup triumph in an exceptional campaign.

However, the St Mirren chief has claimed that the links are "news to him" and has quickly distanced himself from a potential move home.

"Social media's a wonderful thing and you get plenty of, I don't know what you want to call it, out there," he told the News Letter.

"But I've been treated fantastically and I've got a job to do here - and that's what I intend to do.

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"Coleraine is a club very close to my heart, of course, because I wouldn't be sitting here now if it wasn't for Coleraine.

"In the same stretch I am here to do a job and I am very happy and I hope the club are happy with me."

Kearney is hoping to lead St Mirren to safety this weekend in the final round of Scottish Premiership games after their 2-0 win over Hamilton last night.

The Buddies sit just one point behind Hamilton in the table and play already relegated Dundee on the final day of the season, offering them a great chance at three points.

If Kearney's men better the Accies' result against St Johnstone in their final game then St Mirren will stay up for next season, completing a stunning comeback.

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