Coleraine’s delight as Oran Kearney stays put!

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Last week Coleraine FC Manager Oran Kearney interviewed for the top job at St. Mirrens who were promoted to Scottish Premier League last season.

He joined a short-listed panel that was thought to have included Alan Stubbs, Ally McCoist, Gary Caldwell, ex-Netherlands star Patrick Kluivert and former Real Madrid midfielder Guti.

It was announced last Friday that former Hibernian boss, Alan Stubbs was chosen to manage to St. Mirrens for the next three years. Stubbs had a long and distinguished career as a centre back starting at Bolton Wanderers before moving to Celtic then onto Everton where he had two spells and played for Sunderland in between. His career came to end because of a knee injury in 2008 when he was playing for Derby County. He began coaching at Premier League side Everton before he took his first management position at Scottish side Hibernian in 2014.

Stubbs led Hibs to their first Scottish Cup victory in 114 years back in 2016 when they beat Rangers in the final. He quickly moved onto EFL Championship side Rotherham but after Rotherham lost ten out of the first fourteen games and conceded thirty-seven goals, Stubbs was sacked. He then became a pundit for BT Sport before he was appointed as the new gaffer of St. Mirren’s last week.

The Showgrounds Board of Management and fans are delighted the popular boss Oran Kearney is staying put. Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry said last week that if Kearney was appointed manager of St. Mirrens it would leave a huge void but there is no need to worry about that now!

Kearney released a lengthy statement on Twitter after the St. Mirrens appointment was announced which read;

“It wasn’t appropriate for me to comment during, but now it is over I feel I should share my views. An approach was made to invite me over to interview for the St Mirren job. After some thought I chose to attend, not because I am unhappy at CPC or Coleraine FC, but because sometimes in life opportunities appear that could have life changing consequences. I didn’t want to look back in 20 years with regret and a huge ‘what if’ eating at me in relation to how things might have ended up if I didn’t pursue. I enjoyed my preparation and the buzz of the interview itself and as my mum always says, ‘What’s for you will never pass you’. I am delighted with the feedback I received from the St Mirren board and thank them for the opportunity, I can now look forward with no baggage in my mind, in my life and football. Finally, this week proved a humbling experience, that in my family circle, my school community and my football family I am lucky to be surrounded by so many special people.”

Kearney can now focus all his attention on next season’s Premiership and European football challenges.

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