Date: 4th July 2019 at 2:21pm
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One of the worst kept secrets in Scottish football was finally made official yesterday night with Oran Kearney being announced as the manager of Northern Irish side Coleraine.

The Northern Irishman had left St. Mirren back in June after leading the club to safety in the Premiership with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Championship side Dundee United in the relegation play-offs. Kearney had only arrived from Coleraine to the Simple Digital Arena in September of last year and his decision to join his former club has left many St. Mirren supporters hurt and angry.

Kearney departed St. Mirren in somewhat murky circumstances after reportedly falling out with The Buddies Chairman Gordon Scott over where the 40-year-old would live. Scott had wanted Kearney to relocate to the Paisley area but the Northern Irishman was adamant that he’d be commuting from his homeland and the disagreement soured the relationship so much that Kearney felt he couldn’t stay at the club. St. Mirren acted quickly to appoint Kearney’s successor opting for a manager much closer to home (I wonder why?) in the shape of club legend Jim Goodwin, who had worked wonders at Alloa in the last two seasons.

Whatever the case it has left a sour taste in the mouths of the St. Mirren fans who would’ve liked the whole situation to be handled better from the offset and throughout.


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