After suggestions there had been a bust-up between owner Gordon Scott and Kearney, his departure has been confirmed. Although, most fans knew this was coming.
Not for any official reason, but just in terms of how badly the club they hold dear handled this.
Leaves St Mirren fans with an unpleasant taste
The Coleraine friendly ordeal is another factor in this. The Northern Irish club, who Kearney used to manage, were supposed to play a home friendly against the Buddies.
Coleraine were forced to release a statement, saying it had been cancelled by St Mirren, who hadn’t give them any notice.
Sure, St Mirren are refunding fans who were all booked to go there. Even still, they should have played this fixture. It’s not Coleraine’s fault this is happening. The Paisley side should have stepped up and been professional about it, instead of chucking the toys out the pram.
Kearney’s farewell from his now former employer was pretty dull too. There’s not much they can say, but surely he merits more than a 33 word goodbye? Some of the social media comments would have worked better.
Regardless, this may have damaged the club’s relationship with the fans. There’s plenty of rumours flying around which discuss why he has left. The total lack of communication as to the real reason why has left a sour taste in Buddies’ fans mouths.
As always the club and its fans will move on. Without a manager now and stuck with a board who are hell bent on getting their own way seemingly, Buddies fans may be nervous ahead of the 2019/20 season kicking off.
The board have made a mess of this situation and fans can’t be blamed for being displeased with the way they’ve handled it.