He has been branded a Judas in Greenock but former Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon is adamant his decision to leave Morton for Falkirk was down to him chasing silverware not silver.
McKinnon was named the Bairns boss on Friday night in a stunning switch just three months after he took over at Cappielow.
It was a move that did not go down too well in Greenock, with chairman Crawford Rae releasing a statement with ‘a tinge of resentment’ that suggested underhand tactics from Falkirk and claimed Ton would be seeking legal advice over McKinnon’s departure.
The local newspaper, the Greenock Telegraph, was even more forceful in its reaction to his resignation.
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The publication depicted the 48-year-old as Judas clutching his bag of 30 pieces of silver – the price the Biblical character is said to have been paid to betray Jesus.
McKinnon has confessed he was startled by the force of the backlash.
He said: “I was disappointed by it, I thought it was pretty poor. Anyone who knows me and who knows the back story wouldn’t have put that in their paper.
“If you speak to anyone I worked with – Lochee United, Brechin, Raith Rovers and Dundee United, I was loyal to everyone.”