St Mirren Football Club is delighted to announce that the manager, Jim Goodwin and assistant manager Lee Sharp have signed new 3-year contracts with the Club through to June 2024.
The Board recognise the dedication and commitment that Jim has given to the club and the initial benefits of this can be seen with the developing success on the park. In this challenging season, Jim has led the Club to a Hampden semi-final and achieved league success with historic wins. Jim continues to be an excellent ambassador for the Club and his work with the St Mirren Foundation and the causes they support is evidence of his passion and commitment for the Club and the wider community it supports.
Jim’s commitment to a longer-term deal will allow us to build on the Club's ambitious plans. In the last year the club has signed a Scottish internationalist, an ex-English premiership player, have invested in The Academy, and Stadium and Ralston infrastructure upgrades. The Board will now be looking to extend contracts of key players in coming period, and develop an enhanced scouting department to ensure we have the right platform on the park to allow Jim Goodwin to continue to build on the success of this season.
It is an exciting time for St Mirren on the park, as we strive to achieve the footballing ambitions that we set at the beginning of this season. We are also working hard to prepare for the future and the return of our fans to the SMISA Stadium. We are working to develop all non-football commercial activity to make sure that when our fans return, they can have a new, contemporary, enhanced experience when we all get back to backing the Buddies safely from the stands.
Chief Executive, Tony Fitzpatrick explained: "The Board has recognised the excellent results and progress this season under Jim and to continue developing as a club we see this as an integral piece of the plan. Jim has been given one of the highest player budgets of any St Mirren manager and he is now the highest paid manager in club’s history. The immediate focus will continue to be on Jim leading the team to a potential top six finish. This deal allows everyone to plan longer term to bring further success to our Club. We are an ambitious Club and we believe with Jim ambitions we have an exciting, successfully future ahead."
Jim Goodwin commented: "I'm delighted to extend my contract here. I appreciate the board offering the new deal to me and for the recognition of the hard work that myself and my staff are doing here.
"It's a great time to be a part of this club. I feel there is a real air of positivity and we have SMiSA soon to take over the ownership of the club and the introduction of Kibble which is a fantastic step in the right direction. There are really good people on the board who are as keen as I am to take the club forward and take it to the next level."