Tommy Wright has been in charge of St Johnstone since 2013. The Perthshire outfit have been punching above their weight season after season, and it’s the same story this term.
St Johnstone are only five points off the top as we get closer to Christmas.
He took charge of his 250th game recently, and guided his side to fantastic 2-0 victory away to Aberdeen on Saturday. The Saints’ recent run of form is, once again, down to the influence of Wright. The 55-year old received a new two year deal last week, and won manager of the month for November.
This is all just rewards for the work he has put in at McDiarmid Park.
Wright has changed the mindset at St Johnstone
Many St Johnstone fans thought that Wright’s time in Perth was up after a poor eight place finish last season. This is despite the fact he guided the Saints to a Scottish Cup triumph in his first season in charge, and has took them to a top six finish every year he has been in the Saints hot-seat, apart from last year.
Clubs like Hearts and Hibs haven’t had as much success as St Johnstone have experienced over the past five years. The Saints are consistently near the top of the table, and despite this, they don’t seem to receive the credit they deserve for it.
Wright has always managed to carry out his game plan well. This was displayed on Saturday, with his counter attacking plan working to perfection against the Dons. The 55-year old’s tactical nous is one of the reasons St Johnstone are fighting in the top half.
If it weren’t for the impressive form of other sides, the Saints would be even closer to the Premiership summit.
It makes sense that Wright has chosen to commit his future to the Perthshire club. The pair work brilliantly for each other, and if the board can match Wright’s ambition, St Johnstone could go far in seasons to come.
The Saints are good at getting results, and Wright is a massive part of this. He has took them from a lowly Premiership side to top six regulars. If he left the club it would be catastrophic, and fans should count their blessings that the Northern Irishman is staying for the foreseeable future.