St Mirren say they have parted company with manager Oran Kearney by "mutual consent".

The Paisley club's announcement comes after a fall-out with chairman Gordon Scott over the Northern Irishman's plans to continue commuting across the Irish Sea from his family home in Ballymoney.

In a statement, the Buddies said: "The club wish to thank Oran for his time in charge and wish him every success in the future." 

Kearney was not present at the club's Ralston training base as the Saints squad returned to begin their pre-season preparations on Monday.

Reports over the weekend claimed he had been told to stay away from the club following his disagreement with Scott, who had grown frustrated with his insistence on travelling to and from Northern Ireland each week in order to spend time with his family.

The club have already cancelled a pre-season friendly with the 40-year-old's former club Coleraine scheduled for Saturday.

Kearney is now expected to rejoin the Bannsiders, who are currently without a boss after axing his successor Rodney McAree two months ago.

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