St Johnstone are set to appoint Steven MacLean as their permanent manager after the interim boss guided the club to safety.

McDiarmid Park legend MacLean, who won the Scottish Cup back in 2014, was given the nod to take charge after Callum Davidson was dismissed in April.

MacLean was Davidson's assistant and since taking over he has lost just once, while winning crucial matches against Dundee United and Kilmarnock.

Saints chairman Steve Brown now looks set to appoint MacLean on a permanent basis with the club heading into a summer of uncertainty.

Brown is set to step down as chairman come the end of the season and the club is up for sale.

It remains to be seen who, if anyone, will buy the Perth outfit and if that is the case Geoff Brown has vowed to step in and return to the position that he held up until 2011.

MacLean's appointment will provide stability to the football side of proceedings at McDiarmid Park, and the former striker is already planning his recruitment ahead of the summer window.

Speaking recently about being named permanent boss, MacLean said: “I’m comfortable with anything to be honest.

“My mind is still on preparing the team properly and winning games.

“When the chairman wants to speak to me we’ll speak.

“I’m enjoying myself and hopefully the players are enjoying themselves as well. I think you can see that in our performances and results.”

Meanwhile, St Johnstone have announced a reshuffle at boardroom level.

The club has announced that Stan Harris will be returning in a new role of CEO, after spending 15 years as a director in Perth.

Alan Storrar will also return to the club as a director and will work club legend Roddy Grant.

Geoff Brown will also now become Honorary President of St Johnstone.

Stan Harris said: "This is a wonderful honour to be given the role of CEO at St Johnstone.

"With Steve Brown standing down as chairman, and the club up for sale, it's important to have someone at the helm who knows the club inside out.

"We feel my appointment will help the overall stability and continuity. 

"I look forward to working with Roddy and Alan and all the other wonderful staff we have here.

"I will lead the board and report to the Brown family."

Steve Brown said: "Stan was a brilliant member of our board for 15 years and it's great to have him back, leading the football club.

"Alan is also a solid St Johnstone man with a fine business acumen and will be a huge asset as he steps up from his role as associate director to director. 

"Roddy remains on board as a director and I'm delighted about that.

"My dad will now become Honorary President instead of chairman. 

"We feel that role is more befitting of his overall contribution to St Johnstone over a period of 37 years."