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Millwall appoint St.Johnstone’s Steve Lomas as their new manager

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St.Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has been appointed the new manager of English championship side Millwall. The Northern Irishman was granted permission to speak to Millwall on Wednesday and after personal terms were agreed, he has now agreed to be Kenny Jackett’s successor at The Den.

St.Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown issued a statement via the official club website, it read: “We wish him [Lomas] well with that and thank him for his efforts with St Johnstone. Finally we would like to thank the Millwall management for the courtesy and professionalism they have shown on dealing with this matter.”

Millwall chairman John Berylson said: “I was tremendously impressed with Steve. He has great passion and energy, knows a lot about Millwall as a club already, and this is a job he is genuinely hungry for. In some respects, following Kenny Jackett is a tall order, but Steve is very different from his predecessor, younger and with a fresh approach.

“I believe our fans will take to him, and to those who say we shouldn’t have appointed a former captain of our biggest rivals, my response is, he has the desire to become a great Millwall manager. He understands the rivalry and is keen to be judged over time on his commitment to our club and what he can help us achieve. From our point of view, we want the best man for the job, and we believe that man is Steve Lomas.

“I would like to thank the chairman of St Johnstone for allowing us to appoint Steve and for the courteous and professional way in which our business has been conducted.”

Steve Lomas was appointed as successor to Derek McInnes in November 2011 and since then he has guided the Perth Saints to two successive European qualifications and led the McDiarmid Park side to their highest ever finish in the SPL last season, when they finished third. His record at St.Johnstone stood at 72 games played, 26 won, 20 drawn and 26 lost.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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