Raith Rovers have announced that Ray McKinnon has resigned as manager of the Championship club, with immediate effect.
McKinnon held talks with Dundee United earlier this week with a view to replacing the departed Mixu Paatelainen at Tannadice and his resignation from the Stark’s Park club looks to be a prelude to the 45-year-old being announced as the new manager of the relegated Premiership side – despite having a year left on his contract with the Kirkcaldy side.
A statement from Raith Rovers chief executive Eris Drysdale on the official club website, read: “Everyone at the club is naturally very disappointed that Ray has reached this decision, and we certainly did everything in our power, and then more, to try to retain his services but he leaves Raith Rovers with thanks and best wishes for the future. Ray has built a terrific squad of players with tremendous team spirit, and that will be his legacy.”
McKinnon led Raith Rovers to the Premiership play-off quarter-final this season only to lose 2-1 on aggregate to Hibernian.
The former United player is now a certainty to become manager at Tannadice after Finn Paatelainen was sacked on May 4th after the Dundee side were relegated from the Premiership.