St Mirren appoint former Coleraine boss Oran Kearney as new manager on a three-year deal

Oran Kearney (PA)

ST MIRREN have announced the appointment of Oran Kearney as their new manager.

The 40-year-old joins the Paisley side, who sacked Alan Stubbs earlier this week, on a three-year deal.

He had previously been at the helm of Northern Irish side Coleraine FC.

Oran won the Irish Cup with The Bannsiders last season along with finishing second in the NIFL Premiership.

Speaking to stmirren.com, Kearney said: “It’s been a rollercoaster 72 hours to be honest. It’s all been very surreal.

“I had an interview in the summer that went well and I got a really good feeling about the people in charge at the club.

“I didn’t get the job at that point but I said what’s for you won’t go by you and here I am.

“There were a few things I had to sort out but I feel at this stage it’s the right move for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Oran in as our new manager.

“He is a highly impressive individual and I look forward to working with him.”

Kearney is the son-in-law of former Kilmarnock and Morton manager Kenny Shiels, and replaces the man who beat him to the Buddies hotseat in the summer.

Stubbs lost his final three games in charge of St Mirren, with the newly-promoted side languishing at second bottom in the Premiership.

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