Preparation for life in the second tier of Scottish Football began straight
after the end of the previous season with the appointment of a permanent management team.
Ian Murray arrived from Dumbarton and took over team affairs two days after the
final game of the season.
The rebuilding started
with a clear out. McAusland, Teale, Tesselaar, McGinn, Kello, Genev, Dayton, Sonupe, Sadlier, Reilly, Arquin, Brown, Wylde
and Yaqub all leaving.
Of the out of contract players only Gow and Thompson
signed new deals.
Scott Agnew(Dumbarton), Stuart
Carswell(Motherwell) and Cameron Howieson(Burnley), Jordan Gallagher(Rangers), Jamie Langfield(Aberdeen) and Keith Watson(Dundee
United) arrived to bolster the squad.
loan signings arrived for the season, with Paul McMullan(Celtic) and Luke Conlan(Burnley) joining up.
As the season got underway
the squad was further strengthened with the arrival of experienced defender Andy Webster and two forwards in Aberdeen youngster
Lawrence Shankland on loan and former Celtic youth player Jaison McGrath.
After a very poor start which saw just two league wins from 16 attempts, Ian
Murray resigned on 12th December following a 1-0 defeat to former club Dumbarton.
He was replaced by Alex Rae on the 18th December.
The new manager wasted no time stamping his mark on the squad with McMullan, Conlan and Reid returning
to their parent clubs and Alex Cooper(Falkirk), Gary Irvine(Dundee), Rocco Quinn(Ross County) and David Clarkson(on loan from
A big change off the pitch was the departure
of Chief Executive Brian Caldwell, to be replaced by a Saints legend in Tony Fitzpatrick. An appointment that provided a much
needed lift to the club and the supporters.