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Breaking: Allan Johnston has left Queen of the South

Former Queen of the South Manager Allan Johnston Credit: ITV News Border

Queen of the South have confirmed that Manager Allan Johnston has accepted a deal to move to his former club Kilmarnock, along with his assistant Sandy Clark.

Chairman Billy Hewitson said he was very disappointed that it had taken so long for Johnston to make his mind up.

He added that he intended to get a new manager in place by the end of this week.

He said:

"I am disappointed that it has taken so long. It would have been better if he had made a decision a week ago.

"The new manager will now have to pick up the pieces because training has already started.

"We will get a new manager in place as quickly as possible and hope to conduct interviews this week.

"We cant go into next week without having a manager in place. But this is football and we will get over it.

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Rae praises new Doonhamers boss

Queen of the South Chairman Davie Rae says Allan Johnston is the right man to lead the club back to the Scottish First Division.

The former Scotland international takes over from Gus MacPherson, who left the Doonhamers this week following their relegation to Division Two.

Rae, who is stepping down as Chairman at the end of the season, said: "He's been a player for the last year or two at the club.

"He has a vast amount of experience and he's also got a tremendous amount of contacts with all managers throughout Scotland and the north of England.

He added: "[Queen of the South] has to bounce straight back next year. That's an absolute positive. That's the way we must think."

Johnston has played for a number of clubs in Scotland including Hearts, Rangers, Kilmarnock and St. Mirren.

The 38-year-old has also had spells with Sunderland, Middlesbrough, and spent one season with French side Rennes.