Manager, Kilmarnock FC
Manager, Kilmarnock FC
Manager, Kilmarnock FC
Manager, Kilmarnock FC
Manager, Kilmarnock FC
Manager, Kilmarnock FC
Feb 8th 2021: Killie announce the appointment of Tommy Wright as the club’s new manager. Tommy has signed a contract until the summer of 2023 to succeed Alex Dyer at Rugby Park and he will be in charge for Wednesday’s game with Motherwell.
Following a playing career which included international caps with Northern Ireland, Tommy achieved legendary status with St Johnstone by leading the Perth club to the 2014 Scottish Cup crown, the first major honour in their history.
During his seven seasons at McDiarmid Park, Tommy led the Saints to five top six finishes and four Europa League qualifying campaigns while also giving debuts to a number of youth academy graduates including Jason Kerr, Liam Gordon, Zander Clark and Alistair McCann.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be the new Kilmarnock manager. It’s a great opportunity for me” Wright said.
“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.”
Billy Bowie: “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.”
Tommy will be assisted by Paul Stephenson, who returns to Killie having been part of Lee Clark’s coaching staff.
Feb 7th 2021: Killie are reported to be in the final stages of talks to make former St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright their new manager.
After the club's Scottish Premiership freefall continued with defeat by St Mirren, head of football operations James Fowler said they were aiming to make an appointment by Monday. Steven Pressley was also interviewed for the job vacated by Alex Dyer.
Kilmarnock's fifth straight loss leaves them a point above Ross County and four clear of bottom club Hamilton.
"These things take time," said Fowler on Saturday. "Interviews have taken place and we are speaking to the candidates to get things moving.
"We will hopefully have someone in by the time of the Motherwell game [on Wednesday]. Ideally we would like to have someone in by Monday to take training."
Wright, who managed St Johnstone to their first Scottish Cup success in 2014, has been out of football since leaving the McDiarmid Park club in May last year.
The 57-year-old led the Perth side to three successive fourth-place finishes during his seven-year stint.
The Northern Irishman's first task will be to secure Kilmarnock's top-flight status after a run of only two wins in their last 13 matches has seen them drop to 10th in the table.
Eight defeats in that run saw the Ayrshire club part with Dyer and place Fowler in interim charge.
Dec 18th 2021: The club confirmed that Tommy Wright has been relieved of his duties, with Killie sitting in 5th place in the Championship, after lossing 4 of of there 5 previous matches.
Billy Bowie Said: “It is with regret that we have had to take this decision as I know how much Tommy wanted to bring success to Kilmarnock. We thank him for his hard work and dedication during his time at Rugby Park and wish him all the best for the future. Everyone at the club is under no illusions that promotion back to the Premiership is the number one target for the season and with half of our league matches remaining as well as the upcoming January transfer window, our full focus is on appointing a new manager to achieve that goal.”
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