Wright re­warded for un­beaten run with new deal at St John­stone

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT - BY GARETH HANNA

TOMMY Wright has signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion that could see the for­mer North­ern Ire­land goal­keeper stay on as St John­stone boss un­til 2022.

By then, the for­mer Lis­burn Dis­tillery man­ager would have en­joyed nine years at the helm. He orig­i­nally joined the Perth club in 2011 as as­sis­tant to fel­low Ul­ster­man Steve Lo­mas.

Wright (be­low) took charge in 2013 and in his de­but sea­son, led the club to their first Scot­tish Cup vic­tory with a fi­nal suc­cess over Dundee United. The Bal­ly­clare man went on to help St John­stone se­cure three suc­ces­sive fourth place fin­ishes in the Scot­tish Premier­ship be­fore the club slipped to eighth last term.

On Tues­day, Wright was an­nounced as the league’s Man­ager of the Month, hav­ing led the side to a six-match un­beaten run, win­ning two and draw­ing one of their league games with­out con­ced­ing a goal last month.

The Saints ex­tended their cur­rent un­beaten run to seven matches with a draw against Hearts on Wed­nes­day in Wright’s 250th game in charge.

Wright, who earned 31 caps for North­ern Ire­land, cut his man­age­rial teeth with Li­mavady United in Novem­ber 2003, start­ing with the club at the foot of the Premier­ship, be­fore join­ing Bal­ly­mena United and he won the League Cup with Lis­burn Dis­tillery in 2011 be­fore earn­ing his move to Scot­land.

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