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Tommy Wright signs contract extension to stay at St Johnstone

Tommy Wright.
Tommy Wright.

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 Northern Irishman Steve Lomas.

Wright took charge in 2013 and in his very first season, led the club to victory in the Scottish Cup for the first time 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 in the Irish League. He first took charge of Limavady United in November 2003 and, starting with the club at the foot of the Premiership, saved the club from relegation. Wright went on to manage Ballymena United and won the League Cup with Lisburn Distillery in 2011 before earning his move to Scotland.

Such is his standing in Scotland, Wright was linked with the Rangers job after Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty's short spells in charge.

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