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Ray McKinnon set to be named new Raith Rovers manager

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Ray McKinnon has been appointed the new Raith Rovers manager, signing a two year deal with the Kirkcaldy side.

McKinnon who was also a candidate for the vacant St.Mirren job – before handing the role to Ian Murray – with only four weeks to prepare for the new season as Rovers’ pre-season kicks off.

Speaking via the official club website, chief executive Eric Drysdale, said: “As promised, the board has taken great care in its search for someone to replace Grant Murray. We spoke in detail to four of the very best candidates from a very long list of applicants. Only one, Ray, was formally offered the job and we are very pleased that he has accepted. Ray ticks all the boxes for us, and we are confident that he can take the club forward from here.”

McKinnon fills the role vacated by Grant Murray, who was sacked in April following five straight defeats after three years in the hot seat.

Director of Football Maurice Malpas, who joined the club in December, has also left the club with immediate effect.

McKinnon began his managerial career in 2006 with Lochee United, where he wont the East Region Super League Championship. Before working as a Technical Development Officer with the Scottish FA Coaching Department and was appointed Brechin City manager in October 2012.

He led the Glebe Park side to a fourth place finish in League One this season, but fell to a 2-1 defeat to Alloa Athletic in the playoff semi final.

Meanwhile, Raith Rovers have announced that they will rename the main stand in honour of the late chairman Turnbull Hutton.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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