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Lennon future still in doubt

Danny Lennon's future remains in doubt after St Mirren's directors delayed a decision on whether to hand him a new deal.

Lennon's contract is up at the end of the month, and chairman Stewart Gilmour met with his fellow directors on Thursday to discuss the way forward.

But no agreement was reached, and a statement posted on the club's Twitter account read: "The Board of St Mirren Football Club met this morning to discuss various routine matters.

"There is obviously speculation regarding the manager's contract. No decision was made in relation to this and the board will reconvene early next week to consider matters further."

Lennon was appointed as Gus MacPherson's replacement four years ago and has kept St Mirren in the top division, guiding them to eighth two seasons ago.

Last year's League Cup success gave the club their first major trophy since 1987, and a seventh-placed finish remains a possibility this year with one game remaining.

But St Mirren have won just 10 of their 37 league fixtures so far and saw their League Cup defence ended by Championship side Queen of the South in August.

On Wednesday night Gilmour, who is leading a consortium selling a majority share in the club, admitted the board faced a difficult choice as they pondered whether to renew Lennon's deal.

"It is a huge decision," he said. "It's a decision about how we take St Mirren Football Club forward. Danny has got a lot of positives in there. We've got to look at the whole picture.

"Danny has done particularly well in the last period, there's no question of that. The team have done incredibly well.

"We always thought we had the ability there to be clear of the relegation play offs - and I know the players' professional pride makes them want to be seventh."