St.Mirren have appointed Ian Murray as their new manager after the Dumbarton manager agreed a two year deal with the Paisley side.
Dumbarton will be due compensation for the loss of the 34 year old former Hibernian and Rangers player.
Gary Teale, who had been in temporary charge of the Paisley side since Tommy Craig was sacked in December, was also a candidate for the job despite preventing the club’s relegation from the Premiership.
Former Ross County manager Derek Adams and Brechin City’s Ray McKinnon [who is to be unveiled on Saturday as new Raith Rovers manager]were considered for the role, but the Paisley side have went with Murray.
Speaking after being appointed Buddies manager, Murray said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to come to St Mirren FC. The Club has a fantastic infrastructure in place with its own training facility and successful youth academy and I hope to develop and enhance the position of the Club going forward.
“I would like to thank everyone connected with Dumbarton FC for giving me the chance in 2012 and hopefully they have seen progress over the past two and a half years.”
Murray, played with Hibernian, Rangers and Norwich City, before being appointed Dumbarton manager in November 2012 clinching 7th spot in his first season with the First Division side.
The following season, Murray’s Dumbarton challenged for a playoff spot for the Premiership but they lost out to Queen of the South.
St Mirren chairman, Stewart Gilmour added: “Ian is a young ambitious manager who impressed the interview panel with his desire to go on to higher things in football. We are very grateful to Dumbarton FC for their cooperation and allowing St Mirren FC the opportunity to speak to Ian as we know he will be a loss to their own club such has been the success he has enjoyed in his time there.
“Having managed in the Championship for two and half seasons he is well aware of the challenges ahead in the coming season for St Mirren.”
Gary Teale and David Longwell will take charge of the first team for the final league match of the season at Hamilton tomorrow.