Kilmarnock chairman Billy Bowie believes the appointment of Tommy Wright as Rugby Park boss is a great one for the Ayrshire club.

The Northern Irishman enjoyed a great playing career, most notably featuring for Newcastle United and Manchester City as a goalkeeper on top of international caps. But he is fondly remembered mostly by St Johnstone fans.

The new Kilmarnock boss.

A player with Newcastle United, a legend with St Johnstone. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

He helped them achieved multiple top six finishes, brought European football to McDiarmid Park and won the Scottish Cup. It’s that experience that has helped convince Bowie that the former Newcastle United goalkeeper is the right man for Kilmarnock.

The Killie chairman said: “We are thrilled to announce Tommy as our new manager. We received a number of excellent applications but we believe Tommy is the right candidate to lead us up the Premiership table in the season’s remaining games while sharing our vision for the club’s future.

“He is an outstanding manager with a strong track record in this league of improving players whilst remaining committed to blooding young talent through the ranks. I’m sure our supporters will join me in welcoming Tommy to Killie and wishing him every success in his time at Rugby Park.”

Bowie has hailed the appointment as Wright takes charge of the struggling Rugby Park club. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Wright’s first game will be against Motherwell on Wednesday night. It’s an interesting first match for Wright after interviewing for the vacant Well post last month, Graham Alexander winning the manager role at Fir Park. Killie currently sit 10th after a run of five straight defeats.

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