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Oran Kearney 'told' not to attend St Mirren pre-season training as future in doubt

St Mirren manager Oran Kearney
St Mirren manager Oran Kearney
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Oran Kearney will be absent when his St Mirren squad returns for pre-season training tomorrow, according to a report in Scotland.

The 40-year-old's future is up in the air after the breakdown of his relationship with chairman Gordon Scott.

The chief problem relates to Kearney travelling back and forth from Scotland to Northern Ireland at weekends to spend time with his wife Lauren and their children. The family didn't move to Scotland when Kearney was appointed 10 months ago and have no intention of doing so.

Scott would like to bring an end to Kearney's travelling but that disagreement looks increasingly likely to see the two parties going their separate ways.

According to STV, Kearney has now been told not to attend the squad's first day of pre-season training as the uncertainty remains.

The boss is a fans' favourite after master-minding the Paisley club's Premiership survival and has two years to run on his current deal.

However, he could yet make a swift return to former club Coleraine, who are on red alert as their prolonged search for a new manager continues.

It's now over six weeks since Rod McAree left the Showgrounds and on Friday, the Bannsiders admitted to a failed approach to bring in Dundalk assistant Ruaidhri Higgins.

There's little doubt that, should Kearney become available, Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry will make a bid to bring back the man that led his club to the Irish Cup last year.

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