ALLOA are bracing themselves for a potential move from St Mirren for manager Jim Goodwin.

The Buddies legend has – once again – emerged as the red-hot favourite to take the post in Renfrewshire if current boss Oran Kearney departs as expected.

As Advertiser Sport was going to press last night, St Mirren were yet to officially confirm Kearney's departure after less than a year at the helm, but it is believed to be all but sealed.

Kearney's exit appears to stem from a breakdown in his relationship with the club's chairman Gordon Scott following a meeting last Tuesday.

Goodwin, who led the club to League Cup glory in 2013 as captain, would be a popular choice with St Mirren fans and sources close to Alloa believe he would find it hard to say no if approached for the role.

The Irishman turned down the chance to interview for the post in Paisley last summer, after Jack Ross' departure for Sunderland, later explaining his loyalty to Alloa and chairman Mike Mulraney took precedence.

He has proven to be a man in demand since guiding the Wasps to Championship survival and was one of the frontrunners for the Dundee job just last month.

Goodwin eventually opted to stay in the Wee County and has begun his preparations for the new season in earnest, bringing Liam Buchanan, Robert Thomson, and Andy Stirling to the Recs.