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Oran Kearney 'gutted' to leave St Mirren as boss sends emotional message to fans

Looking ahead: Oran Kearney is staying positive
Looking ahead: Oran Kearney is staying positive

Oran Kearney says he is 'gutted' that his spell as St Mirren manager is over after just nine months.

The 40-year-old has officially parted company with the Paisley club by mutual consent despite safely staving off relegation to the Championship with a play-off win over Dundee United.

Now exactly one month after survival was secured, the two parties have gone their separate ways.

"I am gutted," he said. "But, my time was up, that was crystal clear. I gave 100% commitment to the cause as I've done at any club I've been at as a player or manager. I am very proud of the job I did and the turnaround I made,  just sad not to be seeing it though."

Kearney built up a close rapport with Buddies fans during his short spell in charge and was given a hero's reception when making an on-pitch speech at the end of the season.

"To the fans, I was overwhelmed with your support throughout the season and as we got stronger so did you," Kearney continued. "You will always have a place in my heart for the faith and backing you gave me and how you welcomed my family and friends.

"Together we rebuilt the important bonds needed between any club and supporter."

Kearney's difference of opinion with club officials centred on his intention to continue commuting from home in Northern Ireland.

He had been living between both sides of the Irish Sea during his first campaign in charge and was keen to outline the impact it has had on his family.

"Thanks to my wife Lauren for your relentless support of me," he continued. "Particularly in really busy months, never once have you questioned or made life hard. You embraced the opportunity and were a constant source of encouragement and optimism."

It's expected that Kearney will now return to take charge of Coleraine again, with his friend and Bannsiders chairman Colin McKendry preparing discussions.

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