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Craig takes St Mirren post

St Mirren have appointed Tommy Craig as their new manager, following the exit of Danny Lennon on Monday.

Craig, who has been assistant at St Mirren for almost three years, was approached by the Saints board after they decided not to renew Lennon's contract.

St Mirren also confirmed that midfield duo Gary Teale and Jim Goodwin would take up the roles of player-coaches in the new set-up.

Best known as a coach for his time in the assistant role with Celtic, Aberdeen and Hibernian, Craig, a player with Aberdeen, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle in the 1960s and 70s, has also had spells in charge of Scotland U21s and Charleroi.

A club statement read: "The board of directors of St Mirren Football Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Tommy Craig as manager of the football club.

"Tommy has asked Gary Teale and Jim Goodwin to take on the role of player/coaches to assist him. Both are delighted to be on board and we look forward to our new management team taking the club forward.

"The initial work for Tommy will be to re-sign the players who are out of contract that he wishes to see remain in his squad, together with the identification of signing targets throughout the summer programme our pre-season plans.

"The remit from the board is to continue the foundations already in place at St Mirren, part of which is to encourage young players from our academy to develop within our club.

"Tommy Craig has a proven record in this area and together with Jim and Gary will work with our successful head of youth, David Longwell, to ensure our young players continue to progress from youth academy to the first-team squad.

"The supporters of the club have been magnificent in the support of this policy, we are sure they will wish Tommy, Jim and Gary every success."