Date: 26th November 2007 at 5:22pm
Written by:

St Johnstone, caretaker manager Sandy Stewart has agreed to follow his former boss, Owen Coyle to become assistant manager at Turf Moor as predicted.

Alexander ‘Sandy’ Stewart was Owen Coyle’s assistant at McDiarmid Park and has just helped the Saints secure a 3-2 Scottish Challenge Cup final victory over Dunfermline this weekend.

‘It’s the hardest decision of my footballing career,’ said the former Airdrie player (pictured in his playing days above)

‘The opportunity to work down south to help Owen try to take Burnley into the Premiership is just too great,’ he also said.

‘Who knows, maybe in two or three years time I’ll look back and regret the decision but that is the chance you take and I know that I’ll regret it if I don’t take the opportunity to try it out,’

The date of his departure has yet to be decided, but it looks likely he will remain in Perth until the Saints sort out a new manager.

‘Owen is keen to have me down there as soon as possible but he is very aware of the situation with Saints and is very grateful to them for the way they handled his departure.

‘He won’t be putting pressure on me in terms of timescales’