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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Friday, 5 October, 2001, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Stark is new Saints boss
New Saints team: Billy Kirkwood and Billy Stark
New Saints team: Billy Kirkwood and Billy Stark
Former Aberdeen and Celtic midfielder Billy Stark has become the new manager of St Johnstone.

The surprise appointment was announced at a McDiarmid Park news conference on Friday.

Billy Kirkwood, who had been acting as caretaker since the sacking of Sandy Clark, will remain as Stark's assistant.

Stark appeared set to become Tommy Burns' assistant at the Perth club until earlier this week.

But Burns decided to turn down the St Johnstone manager's role and remain as Celtic's youth supremo as he was unhappy at the finances available for strengthening the squad.

Stark told BBC Scotland: "Sometimes events surprise you, sometimes they don't, and I am just thrilled and delighted to get an opportunity at a club like St Johnstone.


They are a Scottish Premier League club and that is what I wanted
Billy Stark
"It was a job that was very appealing to me from the outset and Tommy was another scenario.

"They are a Scottish Premier League club and that is what I wanted."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Steve Paterson had been touted as a possible favourite for the job after St Johnstone announced that negotiations with Burns were now dead.

But Stark was the man St Johnstone believe can lift them off the bottom of the SPL.

"They have a position that we don't want to be in," said Stark.


From day one, Billy Stark has been high on our list of potential candidates
Ian Dewar
"There is pressure on everyone to stay in the Premier League and that's what we want to do."

St Johnstone vice-chairman Ian Dewar said: "From day one, Billy Stark has been high on our list of potential candidates and I am absolutely delighted that we have secured his services.

"We have no doubts that he and Billy Kirkwood will take the club forward."

Stark has experience of working under tight budgetary restraints, having previously been in charge at Morton, who eventually came close to bankruptcy.

He has been out of football management since leaving Cappielow.

Following a distinguished playing career with Aberdeen, Celtic, Kilmarnock and St Mirren, Stark was Burns' assistant manager at Celtic and Kilmarnock.

Stark has been given a three-year contract at St Johnstone.

Kirkwood had been Clark's assistant and had himself applied for the manager's post.

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St Johnstone manager Billy Stark
"There is pressure on everyone to stay in the Premier League and that's what we want to do"
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Inverness: Paterson can go
03 Oct 01 |  St Johnstone
Saints' Burns talks fail
29 Sep 01 |  St Johnstone
Burns poised for Saints job
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