Tommy Wright pleased that Scottish clubs spread the net for new managers

© SNSOran Kearney.
Oran Kearney.

There is no football snobbery in the Scottish game, according to St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright.

And the recruitment of Oran Kearney as manager by the Perth side’s next opponents, St Mirren, is the latest example of that.

Wright is a firm believer that working in part-time football is a good way to start a coaching career and he is happy that clubs over here continue to “spread the net” when they are hiring new bosses.

“I know Oran,” he said. “He did extremely well with Coleraine over the last six or seven years.

“He got off to a great start against Celtic but he will have found out quickly just how tough this league is.

“Oran has good, experienced people around him so he will have plenty of support as he gets used to Scottish football.

“Moving to St Mirren was a good job for him and he has a very good grounding behind him.

“I know from my own situation, my experience of part-time football has been really valuable.

“Scottish clubs are more willing to spread the net and take a wider view of things than elsewhere.

“St Johnstone took a chance on me because I hadn’t been a full-time manager when I got the jobs.

“And before me, Steve Lomas was working in the seventh or eighth tier in England.

“So I think the clubs here are more willing to give people an opportunity.

“It would have been a big decision for Oran because he was settled at Coleraine and had a good job in teaching.

“But the chance to work full-time in a league like this one is a big draw.”

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