Alec Cleland keen on St Johnstone manager's job

Alec Cleland
Cleland oversaw Saints' 0-0 draw with Dundee United

Alec Cleland confirmed his interest in becoming St Johnstone's permanent manager after taking the team for the 0-0 draw with Dundee United.

And Cleland has hinted that so too is captain Jody Morris, who assisted him ahead of the match at Tannadice.

"Yes, I'm interested, of course I am," said Cleland. "I'm very interested. I'd be a fool not to be interested in this job. I'm sure Jody's interested.

"The response we got from the players was great."

With Derek McInnes departing McDiarmid Park to take up the managerial vacancy at Bristol City, Saints chairman Geoff Brown turned to Cleland and Morris while he assesses a permanent replacement.

"You've just got to look at Geoff's record in appointing managers," said former Rangers defender Cleland. "He's top of the tree at that.

"I think he'll be happy with a point, although he'll not tell me that. He'll have wanted three points."

St Johnstone's point at Tannadice took them level on points with third-placed Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.

"I think you've got to be coming to Tannadice and getting a point," added Cleland when he was asked if he was happy with the draw.

"Any point away from home is a good point. A draw was a fair result overall. A point, we'll take that.

"We've lost our manager, but we've been going well. It's not as if we've been struggling.

"That made it easy for me and Jody to come in and take training and prepare them for the game. It wasn't a hard task.

"They were playing for us. We're delighted with how it went."

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