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Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright
Norwich Career: 2008-2009 (Goalkeeping Coach)
Current Club: St Johnstone (Scotland) (Manager)
Date of Birth: 28/09/1963 (Ballyclare) 
Nationality: Northern Irish

Biography

Former Northern Irish international keeper Tommy Wright joined Norwich City as goalkeeping coach on Friday 23rd May 2008.

Glenn Roeder said "I'm delighted Tommy Wright has agreed to join us. He was always my number one choice although we have had two or three other first class applicants. In the end it was Tommy's wealth of experience working at club and international level, and the fact that I know his qualities having worked with him at Newcastle, that persuaded me he was absolutely the right man for the job. His knowledge and experience will be a major boost for us and particularly for the keepers at the club. For people like David Marshall, who is still a young man don't forget, the chance to continue improving his game working with someone like Tommy is a massive plus.”

His playing career took him from Linfield to Newcastle United, Hull City, Nottingham Forest, Reading, Manchester City, Wrexham, Bolton Wanderers and Ballymena United. During his time at Newcastle Wright played alongside Roeder, Lee Clark and Paul Stephenson.

Tommy won 31 caps for Northern Ireland during the period 1989 to 1999. He will forever be remembered for his performance in Nuremburg in 1996 as Northern Ireland claimed a famous 1-1 draw against reigning European Champions, Germany. The circumstances surrounding it make that performance even more astounding. Wright hadn’t played an international match in almost two-and-a-half years to that point and had just returned to club action on loan at Reading after a prolonged injury nightmare. Germany’s Jurgen Klinsmann would later decry the wall built in front of Wright’s net, but truly this was the match of the ‘keeper’s life

After his playing career ended, Tommy coached at Linfield and then managed Limavady United and Ballymena United. Wright has also worked for the Irish FA in Youth Development and was Northern Ireland goalkeeping-coach for a time under Sammy McIlroy

In January 2009, he was reported to be the favourite to take over as manager of Northern Irish side Glenavon. He left Norwich by mutual consent in early February 2009 to be replaced by Paul Crichton.

Wright was appointed as goalkeeping coach at Irish Premier League side Shamrock Rovers on 27th February 2009

At the end of September 2009, Tommy was appointed manager of Northern Irish Premiership side Lisburn Distillery and narrowly avoided relegation.

Tommy resigned as Distillery's manager in November 2011 to become assistant manager to his former Northern Ireland teammate Steve Lomas as Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone. They steered the club to successive places in the Europa League qualifying rounds

When Lomas quit to take charge of Millwall in June 2013, Wright was appointed as his successor. At the end of his first season, St Johnstone won the Scottish FA Cup for the first time in their 130 year history, beating Dundee United 2-0 (Steven Anderson, Steven MacLean) on 17th May 2014.


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