BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport
St Mirren chief executive Brian Caldwell admits he has been offered a ‘great opportunity’ that he could not turn down as he gets set to quit the Buddies for a new role south the border.
Caldwell is set to join an unnamed English club next month after eight years working for the Buddies.
The 46-year-old initially joined the Saints as their general manager in 2007 after switching from Ayr United and was heavily in projects such as the club’s move to the Paisley 2021 stadium and the creation of their training ground.
And just days after manager Ian Murray was sacked, the club are now also beginning their search for a new chief executive.
Caldwell said: “I’m sad to be leaving St Mirren as I’ve made a lot of good friends at the club and in Paisley.
“I will miss the place as I’ve had a lot of great memories of this place.
“I spent a lot of my time here working on major developments at the club, such as the move from Love Street to the Paisley 2021 Stadium and the new training ground. The League Cup win in 2013 was also one of the best days of my life.
“The club has had a tough time recently with its relegation from the Premiership but my decision to leave has nothing to do with that.
“It’s a great opportunity for me both professionally and personally and one I could not turn down.”
A St Mirren statement read: “The board of directors are obviously disappointed to lose Brian, but understand that having served the club for over eight years – and with the option to progress his own career elsewhere – there was always a possibility that an offer would come his way due to the excellent job he has done at St Mirren FC.
“The board wish to thank Brian for his hard work and wish him every success in the future when he moves to his new position after the new year.”