Kear­ney says Men­des is the per­fect fit for Saints

Paisley Daily Express - - Paisley’s Past -

Ju­nior Men­des will take up a new po­si­tion with St Mir­ren on Mon­day, with boss Oran Kear­ney keen to see him in ac­tion.

Men­des, a mem­ber of the Bud­dies that fa­mously won the First Di­vi­sion in 2000, has handed in his no­tice with Cham­pi­onship side Partick This­tle to pave the way for a re­turn to the Pais­ley out­fit.

The 42-year-old will take up the role of strength and con­di­tion­ing coach af­ter the po­si­tion was va­cated at the end of last month.

And Kear­ney ad­mits Men­des’pre­vi­ous ties with the club were key to se­cur­ing his ap­point­ment as the North­ern Ir­ish­man puts his own stamp on the club’s back­room staff.

Kear­ney said:“Ju­nior will be com­ing in as strength and con­di­tion­ing coach.

“He has a week to work with Partick and will start on Mon­day.

“You do your home­work on him, and it is a big role he has to play when he comes in.

“He will have a lot of con­tact time with the play­ers.

“That per­son is the first port of call with the play­ers in the morn­ing, the first 20-25 min­utes of train­ing as well.

“He can have a huge im­pact on the play­ers on a daily ba­sis.

“Par­tic­u­larly hav­ing played, not just for the club but the game, it is good to have some­one in that role as well.

“He knows the club and un­der­stands what the club is about.”

New role Ju­nior Men­des

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