The worst kept secret in football over the last couple of weeks has finally been revealed by Coleraine FC, Oran Kearney is their new manager.
Ballymoney man Kearney had previously been with the club in the past leading them to Irish cup success, only to leave in September last year to take up a new management position at Scottish club St Mirren.
Unfortunate in recent weeks Kearney’s relationship with the Scottish side, specifically the club chairman, soured over what is to be believed Oran’s desire to travel home each week to his home town of Ballymoney and to his family.
This led to Kearney and St Mirren parting company, increasing the speculation that he would take up the vacant managers position at Coleraine FC.
Even before his resignation from St Mirren, Oran was one of the names in the hat for the top job at Coleraine, even if it was unrealistic at the time.
Coleraine will now hope to capitalise on the hype from both the players and the fans on Kearney appointment as the club heads into the new football season.
The club chairman Colin McKendry spoke to the clubs website saying,
“The Board of Directors and I are delighted to welcome Oran back to this football club,” he said.
“We are convinced that he has the necessary knowledge and temperament to lead the Club to the success we all desire.
“Oran has a great record in identifying and developing players, and has identified potential targets as we look to strengthen the squad this summer.
“This a special day for our club, our fans and for Oran.”
Oran has signed a provision 2 year contract and will begin his appointment tomorrow with the first team at training, according to the clubs website.