Thomas " Tommy" Wright (born 29 August 1963 in Belfast) is a football goalkeeper, coach and manager, who is the manager of Scottish Premiership club St Johnstone. Wright represented Northern Ireland 31 times as a player. At club level he played for Linfield, Newcastle United, Hull City, Nottingham Forest, Reading, Manchester City, Wrexham and Bolton Wanderers. Since retiring as a player he has worked as a coach or manager for Limavady United, Ballymena United, Shamrock Rovers and St Johnstone.
Playing career [ edit ]
Wright won 31 caps for
Northern Ireland in a ten-year period from 1989 to 1999. The high point of his Northern Ireland career was his performance in Nuremberg in 1996, as Northern Ireland earned a 1–1 draw against reigning European champions, Germany, in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification match. Wright hadn't played an international match in over two years prior to that point and had just returned to club action, on loan at Reading, after a prolonged injury absence.
Management and coaching career [ edit ]
Wright was first a goalkeeping coach for
Norwich City but left when Glenn Roeder resigned. He was then appointed youth development officer at Ballyclare Comrades. In November 2003 he made his first move into management at Limavady United  and stayed for a couple of years. Wright was then appointed manager of Ballymena United and reached the County Antrim Shield against Linfield at Seaview. Wright resigned at the end of the 2007/08 season.
He was a full-time goalkeeping coach at
Shamrock Rovers for the 2009 League of Ireland season under his former team mate Michael O'Neill. In September 2009 he was appointed new manager of Lisburn Distillery . His first game was against his former club Ballymena United which former Crusaders manager Roy Walker was in charge. A 1–0 victory for Distillery gave Wright a good start. Wright left Distillery in November 2011, to become assistant manager of Scottish Premier League club St. Johnstone. [1 ]
Steve Lomas left St. Johnstone to manage Millwall in June 2013, Wright was appointed St. Johnstone manager. Wright managed his first game in charge in the second round; first leg of the UEFA Europa League against [2 ] Rosenborg, with a 1–0 win and giving St Johnstone their first ever away win in a European competition. In the post-match conference, Wright expressed delight at the club's "magnificent" victory. [3 ] The clubs drew the second leg, putting St Johnstone through 2–1 on aggregate to the third round of the Europa League qualifying stages for the first time. [4 ] In the post-match conference, Wright praised the player's performance as "tremendous". [5 ] [6 ]
Managerial statistics [ edit ]
As of 13 March 2014
Honours [ edit ]
As a player [ edit ]
As a manager [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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