St Mirren attacker Cammy Smith believes new boss Alan Stubbs was the ideal replacement for Jack Ross.
League One side Sunderland swooped to take Ross to the Stadium of Light after he had guided the Buddies up into the Ladbrokes Premiership as Championship winners.
Former Hibernian boss Stubbs was recruited to the Paisley club earlier in the month and according to Smith, 22, it was an appointment which would have been made by the Saints’ dressing room.
He said: “When Jack left everyone was on a bit of a downer.
“He was getting linked with every job that came up so we knew there was going to be a chance (of leaving).
“I know he was very happy and in no rush to get away, but the Sunderland job was too good to turn down.
“If you could have asked the players who they would have wanted appointed as the new manager, I think we would have all said Alan Stubbs.
“It has lifted everyone again. To get a manager with that type of name and with what he has done in the game, it speaks volumes of how things are at the club just now.
“The boys are buzzing and can’t wait to get going again and work under him.
“When a manager changes at any club there is always little things getting tweaked here and there. He will have his own way of working, different from Jack.
“He will know what he wants to do so it is up to us as individuals and a team to work our way into his plans and stay in the team.”
St Mirren start their season with a home game against Dundee before travelling to Ibrox to face Rangers in their second game and it is a start to the campaign which finds favour with Smith.
The former Aberdeen player said: “When the fixtures come out, it adds even more exitement than there already was.
“Starting at home to Dundee and then away to Rangers, it is two brilliant games to kick-start the season.
“So as a team with a new manager there is lots to look forward to and I can’t wait for that.”