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St Mirren chairman to compile shortlist for new manager in a week

Stewart Gilmour tells STV that Tommy Craig was the best coach he's seen during his time in Paisley.

Stewart Gilmour with Tommy Craig
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St Mirren chairman Stewart Gilmour hopes to compile a shortlist for a new manager in the next week.

The Buddies sacked Tommy Craig after 19 matches in charge with the 64-year-old having only won three and drawn three during his seven-month reign.

Player/coach Gary Teale has been placed in temporary charge with Gilmour admitting he's already received applications for the role.

Explaining the decision to axe Craig, the Paisley chief described the former Newcastle United man as the best coach he's seen during his time at the club.

He told STV: "Tommy has been working hard and we fully accept that. Unfortunately we are in a results business and regrettably the results haven't been going the way we need them to go.

"He is the best coach that I recall being at St Mirren. He was part of the coaching team with Danny Lennon which brought St Mirren supporters a wonderful day in 2013 so he'll always be respected for that and for the way he went about his business."

Stewart Gilmour on Jim Goodwin returning to playing role

Jim Goodwin, who undertook a player/coach role under Craig, will return to concentrating on matters on the field.

"Jim Goodwin and Steven Thompson have a huge part to play for us on the pitch and it's important that we give them the opportunity to concentrate on that side and not have to worry about the coaching side.

"The new manager will decide who he wishes to have on his coaching staff."

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