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Oran Kearney not a candidate as Coleraine chairman offers update on search for new manager

"Several of the applicants so far are phenomenal and have managed at a higher level than the Irish League."

Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry (left) and returning manager Oran Kearney (right).
Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry (left) and returning manager Oran Kearney (right).
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry says Oran Kearney will not be in the running to become the club's new manager.

Kearney, of course, led the club to Irish Cup glory last year before leaving to join Scottish Premiership side St Mirren in September.

When his successor Rod McAree departed by mutual consent earlier this month, rumours were rife that Kearney could be tempted back across the Irish Sea.

However, McKendry has confirmed that the 40-year-old is not included on a list of applicants that he says contains some 'phenomenal' candidates.

"There is strong speculation regarding Oran Kearney but no contact has been made with him or St Mirren," he told the club website.

"As it stands, Oran is not an applicant and won’t be as he has more pressing issues on his mind in terms of keeping the Buddies in the top level of Scottish football.

"Several of the applicants so far are phenomenal and have managed at a higher level than the Irish League.

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"Coleraine is an attractive club, with a superb fan base and has potential to grow even further, but it’s about turning that potential into reality.

"We are looking for a manager with previous experience of dealing with our expectations, a proven track record and having a comprehensive knowledge of the NIFL Premiership."

McKendry also said the club must adapt to a 'new level of professionalism', citing other top Irish League clubs increasing their volume of training and saying that two nights of training a week is no longer 'enough'.

Kearney is currently preparing his St Mirren side for the Scottish Premiership's promotion / relegation play-off against Dundee United. The Buddies are away in the first leg on Thursday evening and host the return leg on Sunday afternoon.

St Mirren CEO Tony Fitzpatrick said last week that Kearney 'would be mad' to leave the club and said he has done a 'great job' since arriving eight months ago.

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