ORAN KEARNEY has finally quit as St Mirren boss after agreeing an exit deal.

The Paisley outfit are poised to move for former captain Jim Goodwin as a replacement.

Kearney stayed away from training yesterday and has returned to Northern Ireland. His strained relationship with chairman Gordon Scott reached breaking point after a heated exchange at a meeting a week ago, as reported in the Scottish Sun.

The centre of the problem was the 40-year-old’s refusal to move his family from Ballymoney to Scotland.

Now the man who kept the Saints in the Premiership has returned home — and managerless Coleraine are primed to welcome him back.

Kearney was appointed last September and had two years left on his contract.

Goodwin, the current Alloa gaffer, led the Saints to League Cup Final glory six years ago.

The club is now looking for its tenth manager in just over nine years and a FOURTH in 13 months.

Yesterday’s training session was supervised by technical director Gus MacPherson, sports scientist Junior Mendes, youth chief Allan McManus and goalkeeping coach Jamie Langfield.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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