St Mirren have wasted no time in appointing Oran Kearney’s successor with club legend Jim Goodwin taking the reigns ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
It was a stuttering start for the Northern Irishman after attempting to rescue the Buddies from Alan Stubbs’ managerial disaster-class. Ultimately though, Kearney did what he had to do and managed to preserve St Mirren’s Premiership status.
Now, Goodwin’s appointment will perhaps lead to more exciting times to come for St Mirren supporters.
Appointing Goodwin makes sense for St Mirren
The job that Jim Goodwin did with Alloa Athletic has earned him high praise, and rightly so. An eighth place finish in the Championship with the Wasps is a phenomenal achievement. Particularly as the division’s only part-time team.
Can’t help but compare
When you consider that Brechin City, in the Championship during the 2017-18 season, only came away with four points from 36 games, Alloa ought to be the benchmark for Arbroath in the 2019-20 campaign.
Managing in lower leagues is perhaps looked down upon but really shouldn’t be. It must be tricky to keep players’ spirits high when they’ve got other things to think about such as their other job.
Training after working all day may not necessarily be appealing to some at certain stages of a season. Football isn’t their sole goal and is perhaps only secondary, further highlighting the scale of Goodwin’s success.
Reunion in Renfrewshire
And of course, having spent part of his playing career in Paisley, Goodwin knows the size and stature of St Mirren. Having won the 2013 League Cup with the Buddies, there’s nobody that St Mirren could’ve identified that is aware of what the club means to the fans above all else.
Buddies fans, and other Premiership punters, will no doubt be intrigued to see if Goodwin can duplicate his success as a St Mirren player whilst being St Mirren manager.