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I'm aiming to hit heights with St Mirren: Kearney


By Adam McKendry

Oran Kearney says he wants to bring the same mentality to St Mirren that he did when he took over at Coleraine.

The Saints boss was officially unveiled as the man in charge in Paisley yesterday, fielding questions for the first time since leaving the Bannsiders to take on his first full-time coaching role.

And the 40-year-old, who has contacted Northern Ireland assistant Jimmy Nicholl about the possibility of joining him at the Buddies, has already set his sights high with what he can achieve.

"If you watch the interview back and you actually listen to the question, the question is, 'What would you like to achieve with St Mirren?'," he responded to a question.

"And my answer was like it would be for Coleraine at eight years, and at any club that I've ever been to, my aspiration is win a league or to win a cup because I think you have to reach for the stars in anything you do.

"If the question was, 'Can you win the league this season?', I think the answer would've probably been different.

"You have to set your aspirations high. At Coleraine, in my very first year, I wanted to win cups and leagues and it took us seven years to do that, but we won a cup and we got there.

"If you don't set your standards high and if you don't reach for the stars, I don't think you'll ever reach them."

The club have also confirmed that they will hire a technical director who will aid Kearney in making the transition from a part-time to a full-time role.

"It's so important that I have somebody who knows the league and understands the league," said Kearney, who is a former schoolteacher. "For the first while, (the technical director) is going to be so helpful. They're going to be my eyes and ears.

"I've had a great nearly eight years at Coleraine, I've been 16 years in school as well.

"I feel the 16 years in school will serve me as well as the eight years in football with Coleraine because the skills that are needed to deal with people and build relationships are so important."

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