After narrowly missing out on the St. Mirrens job last Summer, Oran Kearney is rumoured to be frontrunner for the position after the sacking of Alan Stubbs last Monday.
Stubbs’s side made a poor start to their Premiership campaign, winning just one of their four games, and losing three games straight to Aberdeen, Livingston and Hearts. Kearney’s Coleraine on the other hand sit at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership. Headhunted Kearney started his playing career as a midfielder for Ballymena in 1998 before transferring to Linfield in 2005. When he retired from football in 2009 he took over the reins of Limavady for a couple of years before taking up the mantle at Coleraine. He has spent the last seven years building his squad and nurturing young talent.
Last year was his most successful season to date. Last season, Kearney achieved a 3-1 win over Cliftonville to win the Irish Cup the week after losing the Premiership title race to Crusaders. This showed great resilience and tenacity on Kearney’s part and this is very appealing to a side like St. Mirrens. This season, Coleraine sit in top position in the Danske Bank Premiership after achieving a 3-0 win over current title holders Crusaders last weekend which gave them the lead by goal difference over Linfield.
Kearney is in a great position to win the league this season so is the interest from St. Mirrens a little too late, once bitten and twice shy? It has been reported that St.Mirrens board have already made contact with the Bannsiders who have agreed to talks. St.Mirrens will need to act quickly to have a manager in place for their clash with Brendan Rodger’s Celtic next Friday. It is thought an announcement will made in the next few days.