Steve Lomas

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Steve Lomas
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Personal information
Full name Stephen Martin Lomas[1]
Date of birth (1974-01-18) 18 January 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Hanover, Germany
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1997 Manchester City 111 (8)
1997–2005 West Ham United 187 (10)
2005–2007 Queens Park Rangers 55 (2)
2007–2008 Gillingham 8 (0)
2009–2010 St Neots Town ? (?)
Total 361 (20)
National team
1994–2003 Northern Ireland 45 (3)
Teams managed
2009–2010 St Neots Town
2011–2013 St. Johnstone
2013 Millwall
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen Martin "Steve" Lomas (born 18 January 1974) is a Northern Irish former professional footballer and was most recently manager of Football League Championship club Millwall.

As a player he was a midfielder from 1991 to 2010. He had spells in the Premier League for both Manchester City and West Ham United before moving into the Football League with Queens Park Rangers and Gillingham. In 2009 he became player-manager of Non-league side St Neots Town. Lomas was capped 45 times by Northern Ireland, scoring 3 goals.

Lomas was appointed manager of Scottish Premier League club St. Johnstone in 2011. He guided them to UEFA Europa League qualification places in 2011–12 and 2012–13. He moved to Championship club Millwall in June 2013.

Club career[edit]

Lomas, a midfielder, first made his name with Manchester City after joining them in 1991. He soon broke into the first team but will often be remembered at the club for his misfortune of scoring an own goal on the last day of the 1995–96 season, which meant that City could only manage a 2–2 draw at home to Liverpool and were relegated from the Premier League on goal difference.[2]

He then moved to West Ham United in 1997 for a fee of £2.5 million.[3] He made his West Ham debut on 9 April 1997 in a 0–0 draw with Middlesbrough; his first goal coming on 3 December 1997 in a 4–1 defeat of Crystal Palace.[3] He made 227 competitive appearances, scoring 13 goals,[3] became club captain and was a member of the West Ham team which won the Intertoto Cup in 1999.[4]

On 31 August 2005, he was released on a free transfer and joined Queens Park Rangers.[5]

He left QPR in May 2007, and joined Gillingham on 31 July 2007.[6] On 9 January 2008, Gillingham manager Mark Stimson revealed that Lomas had been placed on the transfer list.[7] On 31 January it was announced that Lomas had been released from his contract.[8]

International career[edit]

Lomas was born in Hanover, Germany, his father was a soldier stationed there. As a child he briefly lived in Hong Kong, before moving to Coleraine, Northern Ireland at the age of two.[9] He earned 46 caps for the Northern Ireland national team, scoring three goals.

Managerial career[edit]

After leaving Gillingham, Lomas took up a coaching role at Norwich City before managing St Neots Town.[10] from 23 March 2009, until July 2010, leading the club to their most successful season for 40 years.[11] He left the club briefly in January 2010, following the departure of chairman John Delaney, but returned after Delaney had been reinstated as Chairman. Lomas resigned from St Neots in July 2010 to pursue his ambition to manage at a league club. At the end of February 2011 he accepted the position of reserve team manager at West Ham United.[12]

St Johnstone[edit]

In November 2011, Lomas signed a two-and-a-half year deal to manage Scottish Premier League side St. Johnstone following the departure of Derek McInnes to English Championship team Bristol City. Shortly after signing the deal to become first team manager he was joined by former Northern Ireland goalkeeper and Lisburn Distillery manager Tommy Wright who had agreed to join the club as an assistant to Lomas.[13] In his first season as manager of St Johnstone, Lomas took the club to a top 6 finish for the first time since 1999.[14]

After Hearts won the Scottish Cup, St Johnstone also qualified for the Europa League, entering the competition in the second qualifying round.[15] Initially there was confusion about who their opponents would be, because of an appeal to CAS by Turkish club, Besiktas, who had been banned from this season's European competition by UEFA.[16] Turkish club, Eskisehirspor were, however, confirmed as opponents of St Johnstone with the first leg to be played in Turkey on 19 July and the second leg at home at McDiarmid Park, Perth on 26 July 2012.[17]

Despite a slow start to the 2012–13 season after many changes to the squad – 12 players were out of contract during the summer – St Johnstone had an excellent September, drawing with Dundee United and winning the next four matches, the first against Celtic, ending Ross County's 40 game unbeaten run and beating rivals Dundee, as well as reaching the quarter finals of the Scottish League Cup. On 4 October 2012, Lomas was named SPL Manager of the month, the first time a St Johnstone manager had won the award.[18] On beating the Manager of the Month "curse" in October to record 5th and 6th straight wins against St Mirren and Kilmarnock, Steve Lomas achieved the best run of results at St Johnstone since 1971,[19] reaching 2nd place in the SPL table behind Celtic.[20]

In October 2012, Lomas' name began to be linked with vacant manager's positions in English clubs; first at Bournemouth,[21] then Burnley,[22] Fleetwood [23] Doncaster Rovers [24] and Coventry City.

Lomas achieved a second successive top six SPL finish with a game to spare, and on the last game of the season on 19 May 2013, in his first full season in charge, a 2–0 victory over Motherwell gave St. Johnstone 3rd place in the SPL and Europa League qualification, the first time in their history that St Johnstone had gained back to back European qualification.[25]

Millwall[edit]

On 5 June 2013, Millwall made an official approach to speak with Lomas about the vacant managerial position.[26] His appointment as manager was announced on 6 June.[27] Lomas was sacked on 26 December 2013 after the ten men of Millwall lost to Watford.[28] Lomas' tenure at Millwall had been up and down. He had won six of 24 games as manager of Millwall but these included wins against higher placed teams such as Blackpool, Leeds and Wigan and he was nominated for the September SkyBet Championship Manager of the Month award [29] after winning 3 games in a row. Lomas had also drawn 6 including QPR, Burnley, Reading and Nottingham Forest.[30][31] Inheriting a team which finished one point above the relegation places on the last day of the 2012-13 season, however, Lomas was unable to achieve a dramatic turnaround in performance and left with the club one place above that in 20th position and 4 points above the relegation places.[32]

Honours[edit]

West Ham United

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 26 December 2013.[30]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
St Neots Town March 2009 July 2010
St. Johnstone 3 November 2011 6 June 2013 73 27 20 26 36.99
Millwall 6 June 2013 26 December 2013 24 6 6 12 25.00
Total 97 33 26 38 34.02

References[edit]

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  2. ^ LIVERWEB – Liverpool Results 1995–96
  3. ^ a b c "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Steve Lomas". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Metz 1 West Ham 3 (Agg: 2–3)". www.sportinglife.com. 1999-08-24. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Lomas signs". www.qpr.co.uk. 2005-09-06. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 
  6. ^ Official Gillingham website
  7. ^ "Exclusive:Nine players available for transfer". Gillingham F.C. 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive:Lomas, Graham and Armstrong all depart". Gillingham F.C. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  9. ^ English, Tom (18 December 2011). "No oasis of calm". Scotland on Sunday  – via Highbeam (subscription required). Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  10. ^ St Neots Town FC Official Website[dead link]
  11. ^ St Neots Town FC Official Website[dead link]
  12. ^ "Lomas returns | News | Latest News | News | West Ham United". Whufc.com. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  13. ^ "St Johnstone confirm Steve Lomas as manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "St Johnstone 2 – 1 Hearts: Saints secure top-six slot". 
  15. ^ "Premier League and Football League: Ups and downs". 
  16. ^ "St Johnstone face Eskisehirspor unless Besiktas win appeal". Daily Mail (London). 25 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Eskisehirspor confirmed as St Johnstone's Euro opponents". 
  18. ^ "St Johnstone's Steve Lomas named SPL Manager of the Month for September". 
  19. ^ "St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas Praises record-equalling side". 
  20. ^ "St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas: Second place is pleasing.. but it could be even better". 
  21. ^ "Bournemouth: Steve Cotterill return is unlikely". 
  22. ^ "Lomas into Turf Frame". 
  23. ^ Jones, Simon (4 December 2012). "Lomas Leading the way to replace Mellon at League Two Fleetwood". Daily Mail (London). 
  24. ^ "St Johnstone Boss set for Doncaster move after Harry Redknapp Recommendation". 
  25. ^ "Heaven and Perth". 
  26. ^ "Official Approach For Lomas". 
  27. ^ "Steve Lomas: Millwall appoint St Johnstone manager". BBC Sport. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  28. ^ "Millwall: Steve Lomas sacked after Watford defeat on Boxing Day". BBC Sport. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  29. ^ "Manager of the Month nominations". The Football League. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Soccerbase - managerial statistics". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  31. ^ "Millwall Results". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  32. ^ "League Table". Retrieved 2013-12-27. 

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