Tommy Wright has hit out at Sunderland boss Jack Ross for making an illegal approach for his goalkeeping coach Paul Mathers behind the St Johnstone manager’s back.
Wright, who is also facing the prospect of losing his assistant manager Callum Davidson to Stoke City, was furious when he found out talks had begun between the English League One club and Mathers without his consent.
“I’m very disappointed but I suppose nothing should surprise you in football these days,” said Wright, who revealed that Mathers had recently agreed a new deal at McDiarmid Park following interest from Dundee United.
“If it was me, the first thing I would do if I wanted to speak to another manager’s member of staff would be to pick up the phone.
“Jack Ross is a new manager in the game and maybe the new breed do things differently.
“The fact that he hasn’t phoned me or answered my calls tells you more about him.
“It’s underhand and disrespectful – to me and to the club.
“It’s out of order.”
Wright added: “I would have thought a club like Sunderland would have done their business properly.
“I’ve got some sympathy with Paul and can understand that he would want to speak to them but I should be the first person to know.
“I’m still hoping that Paul will stay.
“He agreed a new contract 10 days ago after interest from Dundee United, who acted with total professionalism.”