Jim Goodwin would be a great choice to succeed Oran Kearney as manager of Scottish Premiership club St Mirren, according to Goodwin’s former teammate Steven Thompson.
The Paisley club confirmed the departure of Kearney on Wednesday and Goodwin, who did an incredible job in keeping part-time Alloa in the Scottish Championship last season, is one of the favourites for the vacancy.
"Stepping up to full-time management's the next logical step," said Thompson.
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"I know Jim's very keen to do that. He's proved himself capable - you just have to look at what he achieved at Alloa. They had the smallest budget in the Championship so to keep them up was a massive feat.
"He'd absolutely get the backing of the supporters if he was given the opportunity. He was a firm fans' favourite when he was captain. He is a leader, he's an inspirational guy and he would be top of my list."
However, Thompson added the following warning: "It'll be extremely tough. I'm predicting St Mirren will still be playing catch-up come Christmas time.
"A St Mirren manager will not have the biggest budget so he's got to get the best out of the players that are there and sign well - recruitment's so incredibly important and there's not a lot of time."