Falkirk are on the hunt for a new manager after they announced they have parted ways with Ray McKinnon.

After he was backed during the summer, McKinnon has failed to get the Bairns fully motoring in League One. He leaves the club fourth in the table.

McKinnon is gone after Falkirk ejected their manager. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

The club are now on the hunt for his successor and here are three names who could fill the vacancy.

John Hughes

Someone who needs no introduction to Bairns fans, Hughes has already stated his desire to speak about a return to his managerial post at Falkirk (Daily Record).

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All things considered, that’s not a bad thing. Yes his last spell as a manager at Raith Rovers ended in tears, but that shouldn’t take away from the fact ‘Yogi’ is a good manager.

A good boss. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

He’d be well placed to cope with League One football. He has managed Hibs in the past and famously delivered European football and Scottish Cup glory to Inverness, a huge achievement.

His last spell at Falkirk between 2003-2009 ended with a 41.3% win ratio, which is pretty decent. With the quality Falkirk have, if their players play to their full potential, Hughes would be an experienced man well qualified to lead them back to the Championship.

Darren Young

Current East Fife manager Young is doing brilliantly in League One with the Methill club. He has them above Falkirk in third place, playing some exciting football in the process.

Young is working wonders at East Fife. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He helped Albion Rovers win League Two in 2015 and has managed to get East Fife fighting at the top of League One. They have lost just one of their opening 13 games.

Young knows the division very well and the 41-year-old would perhaps be tempted by a full-time Falkirk gig.

Martin Canning

Canning has been out of work since leaving his position at Hamilton and will be eager for a return to management. The opening at Falkirk might just suit him.

Out of work. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Whilst never being known for playing particularly attractive football, Canning’s methods at Hamilton were working for a number of years.

Despite regularly having one of the league’s lowest budgets, he managed to stabilise Accies in the top flight.

He was sacked earlier this year though. With a superior budget to everyone else and good defensive foundations to work with, it would be interesting to see how Canning would handle a job at the top end of a table.

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