St Mirren have confirmed former Dundee manager Alex Rae has been appointed as the club’s new manager after agreeing an 18-month deal.
The 46-year-old put pen to paper following talks on Friday morning.
It is understood Buddies chairman Stewart Gilmour originally wanted to hand Rae a short-term contract until the end of the season.
However, Rae has now struck an agreement that will see the former Dark Blues boss take charge until the end of next season at least.
A statement on the club’s official website said: “It has been confirmed this afternoon that St Mirren have appointed Alex Rae as team manager. The new manager has signed a deal that will see him take charge until at least the summer of 2017.”
Rae – who also had spells as a player at Falkirk, Millwall and Sunderland – was in charge at Dens Park between 2006 and 2008 and has also worked as a number two with Paul Ince at Notts County and Blackpool before joining his former Ibrox boss Alex McLeish at Genk last year.
He now replaces Ian Murray, who quit last week after just six months in the job.
St Mirren were relegated from the Ladbrokes Premiership last season but their attempt to bounce back at the first attempt has fallen flat. The Paisley side have won just two league matches so far this season and sit only a point above the relegation play-off spot.