ST MIRREN have announced Keith Lasley as their new chief operating officer.

The Motherwell legend will depart Fir Park after 20 years to take on the newly created role in Paisley after Tony Fitzpatrick retired.

Lasley will take up the role in mid-May and will be "responsible for managing all Club operations as well as assisting the board in setting the overall vision and strategy moving forward".

Lasley has served as a coach and No2 at Motherwell since retiring in 2017 but has been undertaking a Masters of Sport Directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He is now set to join his hometown club in the summer in the new role.

On his appointment, Lasley commented: "I have always been ambitious and driven throughout my football career.

"To prepare for the next phase of my leadership career in football I am currently undertaking a Masters of Sport Directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University. St Mirren, my hometown team, have provided me with an incredible opportunity to realise my ambitions in the role of Chief Operating Officer.

"My on-the-job experience at Motherwell and academic learning have provided me with the skills to be a success in this role and be part of the leadership that will drive St Mirren forward and fulfil the massive potential this club has.

"Having being part of a fan-owned club, which sits at the heart of the community and has set high standards in how to operate, both on and off the park, I look forward to bringing my positive experiences to generate further fans and strengthen community engagement. I believe these are essential components to the success of St Mirren.

"I am excited to be working alongside the St Mirren board and staff in delivering a progressive vision for St Mirren Football Club."

St Mirren chairman John Needham added: "I am absolutely delighted with this appointment to one of the key positions at the Club.

"We received a large number of applications for the role and Keith was selected from a very strong shortlist.

"He is currently studying for a Masters degree and is ambitious to forge a career in high level management in football. Also his wide experience at Motherwell, another fan-owned Club, means he is a great fit for us.

"I’m really looking forward to working with Keith and know he will bring great energy and insight to the Club."

Graham Alexander conceded he was disappointed to lose Lasley as he thanked the Motherwell legend for his service.

Alexander said: “I am reluctant to lose Keith from our coaching staff as we have a very good relationship, and he plays a significant part in what we do.

“However, when he set out the direction in which he saw his career going and then with this role presented itself, it was clear it was too good for him to turn down.

“I want to personally thank him for all his help and support over the last sixteen months and wish him every success in his new role.”