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Tommy Wright is staying at St Johnstone Dundee United are told

By Stuart McKinley

St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown has told Dundee United that Tommy Wright will not be leaving the club, no matter how much they offer in compensation.

Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Wright is on a shortlist compiled by United, who are searching for a replacement for Jackie McNamara, who was sacked 10 days ago, ironically after a defeat by St Johnstone.

United have made an official approach for Wright, but that was immediately knocked back by Brown, who is determined to keep his manager at McDiarmid Park.

"The manager has never indicated that he wishes to leave the club and I have spoken with Tommy regarding this particular matter and he has reiterated to me that he is more than happy at Saints," said Brown.

"I have a good working relationship with him and we are both striving to maintain the success we have enjoyed in recent seasons and therefore, regardless of any approach and any level of compensation that might be offered, it will be flatly turned down."

Wright has been in charge of the Saints for two years after stepping up to replace Steve Lomas in June 2013, who had employed him as his assistant in November 2011.

He made history in his first season as the club not only reached the Scottish Cup final for the first time ever, they went on to lift their first senior trophy after a 2-1 win against Dundee United.

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