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St Mirren close in on technical director to assist Oran Kearney

St Mirren have found the man they want to appoint as technical director, working along with new manager Oran Kearney.

Kearney took charge of the Scottish Premiership club earlier this month but, working in his first full-time football job, the club announced that they would seek to appoint a technical director to assist the former school teacher in his role.

Former Rangers number two Jimmy Nicholl had been linked, Kearney even confirming he had spoken to his fellow Northern Irishman.

But Gus MacPherson is the man that chairman Gordon Scott and chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick have identified for the job. The 49-year-old has now resigned as Queen's Park Head Coach after strong speculation surfaced, linking him with a return to his old club.

MacPherson is a former St Mirren boss, taking charge of the club from 2003 to 2010, initially as player-manager.

He has been in charge of Queen's Park since January 2014 and led the club to promotion to League One, where they stayed for two seasons until they suffered relegation last season.

Kearney, of course, helped St Mirren to a 0-0 draw with champions Celtic in his first game in charge last Friday. It was just hours after he had made his first signing in the form of ex-West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand.

The brother of England and Manchester United star Rio, Ferdinand tipped his new boss for a long and successful career.

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