St Johnstone: Tommy Wright says new contract shows mutual trust

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright
Tommy Wright's contract was due to expire next summer

Tommy Wright says signing a contract extension as St Johnstone manager until May 2022 shows a "trust" between himself and chairman Steve Brown.

The 55-year-old has been in charge at McDiarmid Park since 2013 and marked his 250th game as team boss with a 2-2 draw at home to Hearts on Wednesday.

"I get asked, why don't you move on? Well, I am happy here," he said.

"I always get the backing of the chairman, even in difficult times, which is important for managers."

St Johnstone lifted the Scottish Cup in 2014 in Wright's first year in charge and the Perth side finished in the Scottish Premiership's top six for six seasons until their eighth place in May.

The Perth side sit fifth after a run of seven games without defeat, with Wright named Scottish Premiership manager of the month for November.

The former Northern Ireland goalkeeper is hopeful they can keep "punching above our weight".

"If you look at the success we've had in the last seven or eight years at this club then clubs with greater stature have had nowhere near the success we've had," he told BBC Scotland.

Wright is the third longest-serving manager in Scottish football after Peterhead's Jim McInally and Aberdeen's Derek McInnes.

He signed a new contract in October 2015 that was due to expire in June and he points out that his new deal is equal to his longest with the club.

"That shows the trust the club feels in me and also, from my point of view, the trust I have in the club to try to maintain the standards and go even further than we have in recent years," he said.

Wright, who played for Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City, managed Limavady United, Ballymena Unitd and Lisburn Distillery in his homeland before joining St Johnstone as assistant in 2011.

He stepped up to manager when Steve Lomas moved to Millwall and says the "loyalty" both "demands" and expects from those he works with has played a part in his long stay.

"We've been good for each other," Wright added. "St Johnstone have been good for me and I hope I've been good for St Johnstone.

"I still want to be successful and sometimes success is being at a club and doing well for a long period of time."

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