Patrick Kluivert and Benni McCarthy join Guti in the betting to become the next St Mirren managerby Jack Kitson / 06 June 2018, 09:09Tweet
The St Mirren vacancy is proving to be quite the attraction to former high-profile players of the game, the latest of whom is Patrick Kluivert, who has leapt into contention to replace Jack Ross at St Mirren Park.
The position was opened up nearly a fortnight ago after their title-winning manager Ross moved south of the border with Sunderland last month.
Kluivert was installed as a surprise name in the frame on Tuesday, and he can currently be found at 8/1 to land the job, although if he wants to have a chance of returning to management he may want to get on the plane this time around.
The Dutchman, who has previously managed Curacao, was hotly linked with Oxford earlier this year, but then news broke that he couldn’t be bothered to jump on the plane, and he is said to have instead wanted U’s chiefs to come and meet him.
The former Champions League winning striker Benni McCarthy, who manages Cape Town City, is believed to be interested in switching South Africa for Scotland, and can currently be backed at 20/1.
Real Madrid legend Guti may be in the running to replace Zinedine Zidane at the helm of the European champions (8/1), but that hasn’t stopped the Spaniard from showing interest in the Paisley post, for which he is an 8/1 shot.
The 41-year-old, who is currently a youth coach at Los Blancos, emerged as a shock contender for the St Mirren job last week, and it’s now being reported that he’s all set for an interview with The Buddies in the next 48 hours (Sky Sports).
Former Ross County manager Jim McIntyre, Coleraine’s Oran Kearney, and ex Wigan gaffer Gary Caldwell are also poised for talks with the Scottish side, who are preparing for life in the Scottish top-flight following their Championship title success ast season.
Ally McCoist has been linked, as have Tranmere’s promotion winning manager Micky Mellon, and Alan Stubbs.
But three men who won’t be getting the job, include former Robbie Neilson who has pulled out of contention, plus Alloa's Jim Goodwin and former Livingston manager David Hopkin who aren’t keen on the position.