After leading St.Johnstone to a second successive European qualification, manager Steve Lomas’ stock has never be higher, but that has seen the vultures circling overhead as they look to secure the services of the young Northern Irishman.
Despite being linked with numerous roles over the past season and being the front runner in the bookies eyes, Lomas stayed at McDiarmid Park.
Now it seems that Lomas could finally be heading out of the McDiarmid Park door after the club granted English outfit Millwall permission to speak to him.
With the success of previous managers Owen Coyle and Derek McInnes, St.Johnstone have stuck to their principles of being a selling club as they look to balance the books and with a year left on his contract the appeal of compensation to off-set last year’s losses was seemingly too tempting an offer for chairman Steve Brown.
If information is to be believed, that compensation was around the £80,000 mark, it will help to keep the wolves from the door of one of Scotland’s most frugal clubs.
This must have been a hard decision for the board in Perth to reach as Lomas is St.Johnstone’s most successful manager in recent times. Although having limited experience as a manager with St.Neots town and a stint as West Ham reserve coach, he has proven that he has what it takes to succeed in the hot seat posting a win percentage of 36% having played 72, won 26, drawn 20 and losing 26 whilst coping with one of the lowest budgets in the SPL.
After some horror interviews in the early days, he managed to learn to be more media savvy as he improved his tactical awareness from the sidelines.
So as it would seem to be a done deal with the finality of an announcement from Millwall just to come, the search to fill what must now be one of the most attractive jobs in Scottish Football begins in earnest. Although early indications are that St.Johnstone would look to have some continuity with a quick fire appointment of his current assistant Tommy Wright.