Alloa chairman Mike Mulraney admits he is bracing himself for Jim Goodwin’s exit after hailing his manager as the "finished article".

The part-time outfit have climbed up to sixth in the Ladbrokes Championship following a four-game winning run and are now four points clear of basement side Partick Thistle in a cut-throat relegation battle.

Former St Mirren midfielder was appointed as Jack Ross’ successor in the dugout in summer 2016 and led the Wasps to promotion to the second tier two years later.

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Goodwin was linked with the St Mirren vacancy earlier this season and Mulraney concedes it is only a matter of time before the 37-year-old is lured away from the Indodrill Stadium.

Mulraney said: “People say he's learning here, but I don't think he's learning, I think he has learned. He is the finished article.

“I'm sure there will be many people looking at him and thinking he has done an amazing job.

“In the meantime, we're getting the benefit of a really competent individual who gives everything to Alloa's cause.

“I'm never surprised to lose my managers - we've got a track record of losing managers and almost always for the right reasons. I never get too worried about it.

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“Our managers will hopefully continue to do well and, if and when they decide they want to move on, they go with a handshake and our gratitude, because they give everything.”