Gus MacPherson is new Queen of the South manager

Gus MacPherson is the new manager of Queen of the South, having signed a one-year contract at Palmerston Park.

The 42-year-old former St Mirren boss takes over from Kenny Brannigan, who left the First Division club at the end of last season.

He will be assisted by Andy Millen, who was his number two at St Mirren Park.

"Gus is very experienced and knows the game well," Queens chairman David Rae told the club website  . "I'm glad to see him at the helm."

Rae added: "He was seven years at St Mirren and has a lot of valuable contacts. Last season he spent a great deal of time watching the lads in the Under-19 Premier League and I feel that augurs well for the future."

MacPherson has been out of management for a year after his Buddies contract was not renewed despite leading the Paisley side to the League Cup final and keeping them in the Scottish Premier League.

He was recently also interviewed for the managerial vacancies at Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers and has been working as a football pundit on radio.

MacPherson began his playing career at Rangers but made his first-team breakthrough on loan to Exeter City before spending 11 years at Kilmarnock after joining them in 1990.

After a spell at Dunfermline Athletic, he became player/manager of St Mirren in 2003, guiding the Paisley outfit back into the Scottish Premier League in his second season in charge.

However, despite keeping them in the top flight and taking them to a major final, the Buddies decided to part company with MacPherson at the end of the 2009-2010 season.

MacPherson was linked with a return to Kilmarnock last summer before the appointment of Mixu Paatelainen.

Brannigan was not offered a new deal by the Doonhamers despite leading the Dumfries side to the Challenge Cup final and fourth place in the league.