Belfast Telegraph

Stubbs edges out Kearney for Saints job


By Graham Luney

Oran Kearney's hopes of landing the St Mirren job have been dashed as Alan Stubbs is set to be appointed their new manager.

Coleraine boss Kearney was interviewed for the post on Wednesday night but the Saints have placed their faith in former Hibernian and Rotherham chief Stubbs.

The former Everton and Celtic defender beat off competition from ex-Ross County boss Jim McIntyre, Micky Mellon and Gary Caldwell as well as Kearney to secure the role.

Stubbs, who led Hibs to a first Scottish Cup win in 114 years, has been out of management since October 2016.

Coleraine fans, still celebrating the club's Irish Cup triumph last month, can now breathe a sigh of relief in the knowledge that Kearney is going nowhere.

The Buddies have made an offer to Stubbs and, if accepted, the club expect to make an announcement today. He will succeed Jack Ross, who left for Sunderland after guiding Saints back to the Scottish Premiership.

Meanwhile, Dungannon Swifts have signed midfielder Corey McMullan from Glentoran.

"Technically he is a very good player and he adds a lot of energy," said Swifts boss Rodney McAree.

Warrenpoint Town have announced the signings of Simon Kelly from Glenavon as a player/coach and Matthew Lynch from Linfield. Carrick Rangers have signed striker Stewart Nixon but Brendan Glackin has opted to join Ballymena and Provincial Intermediate League side St James Swifts. Jay McCartney will remain at Ballinamallard next season, while striker Ryan Campbell has rejoined the Mallards.

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