Manager signs contract extension
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Manager signs contract extension

7th December 2018

Friday 7 December 2018

St. Johnstone Football Club is delighted to announce that manager Tommy Wright has agreed a contract extension to remain at the club until May 2022.

Tommy joined the club originally as assistant manager to Steve Lomas in 2011 before becoming manager in the summer of 2013.

He led the club to Scottish Cup glory in his first season in charge with a memorable 2-0 victory against Dundee United at Celtic Park and has presided over the most successful period in the club's long history.

Wednesday night's game against Hearts saw Tommy take charge of his 250th match as Saints manager and speaking to the club's official website shortly after putting pen to paper, Tommy was over the moon to have his future secured for the next three-and-a-half years.

"I'm delighted to be here," the manager said, "and the chairman knew that I always wanted to stay.

"Negotiations have been going on in the background for a while now and we had everything agreed by the beginning of this week. After that it was just a case of dotting the Is and crossing the Ts.

"The club has been absolutely brilliant since I arrived here and the chairman, the players, the staff and supporters have all been great from the moment I joined.

"Everybody's played their part in the success we've had and I want it to continue."

The club has achieved a lot in Tommy's time at the helm but he's confident that he can keep the good times rolling.

"The chairman and I sat down back in January and decided the pathway we wanted to take the club," he said.

"We were both concerned with the age of the squad and that's not a dig at those players - because they were absolutely brilliant for me - but we wanted to go with a younger more mobile side.

"It's worked very well so far with the successful season we've had and the chairman deserves a lot of credit for how well we've done in this campaign."

Turning his attention to the Saints fans - who will be delighted with this early Christmas present - Tommy paid tribute and thanked them for being behind him and his team.

"They've always stood by me even when we've had bad runs," Tommy said, "and I'll always be grateful for that.

"I believe when you manage a club you have to adopt an attitude that it's your club and I will do everything to achieve success here because the fans deserve it."

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