Tommy Wright is back in the game as the former St Johnstone manager takes over as Kilmarnock boss until the summer of 2023.

The Northern Irishman had a good playing career as a goalkeeper, notably playing for teams down south such as Newcastle United and Manchester City. But it’s his management north of the border that has him well-known to Scottish football fans.

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A top keeper at clubs like Newcastle United, a top manager at St Johnstone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

He spent seven years with St Johnstone before leaving at the end of last season, achieving multiple top six finishes, European football and a Scottish Cup triumph in 2014, delivering a golden era in Perth.

Now he’s back in the Premiership with Kilmarnock, who are fighting for their league status. They have lost five games on the spin and have been hunting a manager since Alex Dyer’s departure a couple of weeks ago.


Wright now takes charge of the Killie team against Motherwell on Wednesday night and perhaps with a point to prove. The Northern Irishman was interviewed for the manager role at Fir Park last month but the job was given to Graham Alexander.

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Wright’s back. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Wright said of the role: “I’m absolutely delighted to be the new Kilmarnock manager. It’s a great opportunity for me. I had nine years in total at St Johnstone and the time was right from me to leave there but it is the perfect time for me to come back to management.

“Kilmarnock has had good success in recent years and I’m looking to take it forward and moving us up the table. This is a really good football club with good people and I was really impressed when speaking to them, which made it an easy decision to take the job.”

Current assistant manager Andy Millen has also left Rugby Park with Paul Stephenson arriving as Wright’s new assistant.

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