Manager reaches 250 game milestone

Tommy Wright will take charge of his 250th match as Saints boss when Hearts visit McDiarmid Park on Wednesday night.

It's a milestone that the manager is delighted to reach but he insists he's looking to carry on for plenty more games yet.

"I knew I must have been getting close," Tommy said, "it's been an incredible time for me here.

"I'm in my eighth year here now since I arrived as Steve's assistant and we enjoyed a good period working alongside each other.

"Obviously I then stepped up to become manager once Steve moved on and I've absolutely loved it. Reaching 250 games is something I look at as being a great achievement because I believe longevity in a job is success.

"I've had some people point the finger and say that I'm not ambitious but that's not true at all. I am ambitious and I want to try and reach 500 games now."

The manager was also quick to praise some of the people who have helped him in his career at Saints so far which has seen the Northern Irishman preside over what is arguably the most successful period in the club's history.

"My wife has always been very supportive of me," Tommy said, "and she's probably had to put up with a lot after defeats and bad performances! My family are always behind me and their backing is important.

"The chairman and the board have always supported me and we have a really good relationship which plays a big part in maintaining the level that we have over the years.

"I also have to the thank the staff and players for the effort they put in every single day for me which is very important to the success of the football club.

"To reach 250 games in modern football is a big milestone. I have a lot of people to thank and I have to praise the St. Johnstone supporters as well for the backing they give me.

"Let's hope that 250 games becomes 300, 350 and so on!"


TOMMY'S RECORD

PL: 249 W: 108 D: 50 L: 91

Goals for: 314 Goals against: 291

Win percentage: 43%

Tommy first joined the club back in 2011 as assistant manager to then boss Steve Lomas and has been at McDiarmid Park ever since. He was appointed as the club's manager in the summer of 2013 and in his first season he led the club to Scottish Cup glory against Dundee United in a 2-0 victory at Celtic Park on 17th May 2014.

The club has only once finished outside of the top six under his management and have enjoyed some memorable European nights including away victories at Rosenborg and Minsk in the opening months of his tenure.

Saints also managed three successive top four finishes under Wright's management from 2014/15 to 2016/17.