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St Mirren want Kearney to be their new boss


In demand: Oran Kearney
In demand: Oran Kearney

By Steven Beacom

Scottish Premiership side St Mirren have made their move to land Coleraine boss Oran Kearney as their new manager.

After sacking Alan Stubbs on Monday, St Mirren contacted Bannsiders chairman Colin McKendry yesterday seeking permission to talk to Kearney so they could offer him the vacant job.

Coleraine granted the Buddies' request to speak to Kearney, leaving the 39-year-old teacher with a big decision to make.

The former Linfield midfielder was interviewed for the post in June but lost out to ex-Hibernian boss Stubbs, who lasted less than three months in charge with St Mirren now second bottom of the table after three league defeats in a row.

Kearney, son-in-law of Derry City manager Kenny Shiels, has just started a new school year in his day job, has a young family who may require relocating and earlier this week led Coleraine to the top of the Danske Bank Premiership with a 3-0 win at champions Crusaders.

Last season, the Bannsiders just missed out on title glory but did win the Irish Cup - the club's first major trophy in 15 years. St Mirren feel Kearney can be a success for them and want a quick appointment with their next match at home to Brendan Rodgers and Celtic next Friday night.

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