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Stephen Robinson appointed as the new St Mirren manager

The Northern Irishman has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Paisley club.

Stephen Robinson replaces Jim Goodwin as St Mirren manager St Mirren
Former Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson will take over the reins at St Mirren.

Stephen Robinson has been appointed the new St Mirren manager.

Robinson has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Paisley club – joining from English League One Morecambe.

He will be joined by Morecambe first-team coach Diarmuid O’Carroll, who becomes his assistant manager.

The Saints started looking for a new manager after Jim Goodwin left for Aberdeen at the weekend.

Robinson said: “It’s an absolute honour that St Mirren have come in and were willing to pay the compensation. 

“It came out of the blue and when I spoke to the guys at the club it really impressed me what they are trying to do.

“We spoke in-depth about where we can take the club and there’s real exciting times ahead. 

“With the foundations that have already been built by Jim [Goodwin] it’s up to me to take them on and build on what’s already been done.”

As well as Motherwell and Morecambe, Robinson also spent time as manager of Oldham Athletic.

As a player, he made 448 appearances in spells at Tottenham, Bournemouth, Preston North End and Luton Town, as well as being capped seven times for Northern Ireland.

St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick said: “We are all delighted to welcome Stephen as the new manager of St Mirren.

“Stephen fits the profile of what we are looking for in a manager.

“He has great experience of the Scottish game and had good success on the park with Motherwell which saw him reach the finals of both the League and Scottish Cups as well a third-place finish and qualification for the Europa League.

“Stephen also did a tremendous job of developing young players at Motherwell which was an important consideration for us with the St Mirren Youth Academy one of the main pillars of our football club.

“We would like to thank Morecambe FC for their co-operation in getting this deal completed.”

Hearts youth coach Steven Naismith was also on the shortlist of candidates to succeed Goodwin as St Mirren boss, but he withdrew himself from the running on Monday.

St Mirren face Dundee in the Premiership on Wednesday.