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Thursday 29 Nov 2018
NI assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl links up with Oran Kearney at St Mirren

Northern Ireland assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl has joined St Mirren as first-team coach.

His arrival at the Paisley outfit means the experienced 61-year-old will link up with ex-Coleraine boss Oran Kearney who is now in charge of the Buddies. Kearney bagged his first win as Buddies manager in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Hearts.

Nicholl, a former Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath boss who will remain as an integral part of Michael O'Neill's backroom team, has vast experience of Scottish football both as a player, coach and manager.

"It's my first day today but on the evidence of what I've seen this morning there's a really good spirit about the place," he told St Mirren's official website

"Oran is a young, ambitious, enthusiastic manager and you can see the drive that he has got. That enthusiasm should rub off on all the players and all the staff and that drive and determination. 

"I look forward to it," he added. "My job will be when there are difficult times. If we are winning everyone is happy, but it's the difficult times you have to keep everyone lifted."

Nicholl played at two World Cups for his country and won 73 caps.

After coming up through the youth ranks at Manchester United, he played 197 times for the senior side between 1974 and 1982. During a playing career which spanned more than 20 years he also played for Sunderland, Toronto Blizzard, Rangers, West Brom, Dunfermline and Raith Rovers.