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Lennon states his case

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon believes he deserves to stay in the job and claims the club's board will be taking a gamble if they replace him.

The 45-year-old saw his side draw 1-1 with Hearts at home in their final-day fixture as they missed the chance to secure seventh place in the Scottish Premiership - a feat that would have been their highest top-flight finish in 25 years.

Saints chairman Stewart Gilmour and his directors will now meet early next week to discuss whether to hand an out-of-contract Lennon, who has been in charge for four years, a fresh deal.

"It's out of my hands," said Lennon, who has now twice led the club to eighth-place as well as last year's League Cup triumph.

"I can only do what I've done in four years at this football club. The facts are there to be seen. Whether that is good enough for the board remains to be seen.

"They know how hard I work on a daily basis but it is now in their hands to offer me an opportunity to build on the foundations we have put in place.

"Or they go out there and gamble with a new face."

Lennon insists that if he is dismissed, he can leave with his head held high, saying: "No doubt, no doubt. I've had a fantastic four years and I'd love to go beyond that and I believe that we have the ability.

"I am my own biggest critic and I am first to admit I've made mistakes along the way and it is learning from those mistakes. From the first day I came in here four years ago I'm certainly a better man for that.

"With that learning curve I would certainly love the opportunity to take them to next level and our ambition is the top six."