Confusion as Coleraine confirm friendly only for St Mirren to cancel minutes later

Coleraine and St Mirren friendly is cancelled amidst confusion over Oran Kearney's future at the Scottish club
Diarmuid Pepper

There was confusion this morning as Coleraine and Scottish side St Mirren sent out mixed signals as regards their proposed upcoming friendly match, which was due to take place this Saturday.

At 11.26am, Coleraine FC "confirmed" in a tweet that the game against St Mirren would "go ahead as scheduled".

Coleraine ended the tweet by adding: "To date we have had no correspondence to say otherwise."

However, little more than half an hour later St Mirren announced via twitter that the game had been called off.

At 12pm St Mirren sent out a tweet which confirmed that the game had indeed been cancalled.

St Mirren asked for supporters to contact the club in an effort to refund any travel or accomodation expenses which had been undertaken by fans ahead of the now-cancelled clash.

Just over an hour later, Coleraine released a statement which accused St Mirren of making this decision "without consultation with ourselves".

Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry said: “I am very disappointed in the cancellation of this fixture which I had agreed with St Mirren when we facilitated Oran’s move to them as their manager last year.

“We were looking forward to hosting St Mirren and had already had a number of their fans in contact regarding travel arrangements etc.

“Nevertheless we look forward to the launch of our new training and playing attire from Avec Sport on Saturday at our Open Day event.”

The confusion around this fixture mirrors the confusion surrounding the future of ex-Coleraine boss and current St Mirren manager Oran Kearney.

Kearney was due to take St Mirren back to his homeland to face his old side this weekend.

But the game has now been scrapped following a row with chairman Gordon Scott over his plans to continue commuting to Paisley from his home in Ballymoney.

Coleraine's managerial position is vacant and Bannsiders chairman Colin McKendry indicated to the BBC that Kearney would be their "number one target" to take over.

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