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Gary Teale takes interim charge of St Mirren after Tommy Craig exit

The player/coach will stand in after the Buddies sacked their boss after 19 games in charge.

Temporary: Gary Teale has stepped into the hotseat.
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St Mirren player/coach Gary Teale will take charge of the club on an interim basis after the sacking of manager Tommy Craig.

The 36-year-old will be assisted by head of youth development David Longwell.

Teale took on the role as player/coach in the summer when Craig was appointed in charge of the Paisley side.

He has made seven appearances for the club this season, four being from the start and three as a substitute.

St Mirren currently sit joint bottom of the Scottish Premiership table, ahead of Ross County on goal difference.

The Buddies squad were informed of Craig's departure on Tuesday after a record of three wins, three draws and 13 defeats.

Teale said: "They've just said can you go in and take over just now, and we'll just leave it on a game-by-game basis.

"I'm over the moon but I'm absolutely devastated because Tommy gave me the opportunity in the first place to bridge that gap from playing into the coaching side.

"But to then come over and get the opportunity to be your own man by taking the manager's job, even if it is obviously short term, it's something I strive to do in the future.

"They say you don't get many opportunities so I'll obviously look to go in there and do the best job that I can."

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