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Dundee United turn their gaze to St.Johnstone’s Tommy Wright

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Fresh from seeing his side demolish ‘title contenders’ Aberdeen 5-1 at Pittodrie, St.Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is a wanted man and no not from the Dandy Dons.

Beleaguered Dundee United, who are rooted to the bottom of the Premiership following their 3-0 defeat to Partick Thistle on Saturday, have reportedly approached the Perth side for permission to speak to Wright as they look to replace Jackie McNamara who was sacked last week.

However, St.Johnstone chairman Steve Brown has issued a statement via the club website claiming that any approach’will be flatly turned down’.

The statement read: “The manager has never indicated that he wishes to leave the club and I have spoken with Tommy regarding this particular matter and he has reiterated to me that he is more than happy at Saints.”

“Since I appointed Tommy, I have had a good working relationship with him and we are both striving to maintain the success we have enjoyed in recent seasons and therefore, regardless of any approach and any level of compensation that might be offered, it will be flatly turned down.

“It is important to me that all St Johnstone supporters are assured that we intend for Tommy to remain at the club beyond his current contract which already runs to June 2017.”

The Northern Irishman was appointed manager of St.Johnstone in June 2013 and led the McDiarmid Park side to their first major trophy in their history when they beat Dundee United to win the Scottish Cup.

Stuart McCall, Alan Irvine and Mixu Paatelainen are some of the other names linked with the vacant position. But the question is will Wright turn his back on what he is doing in Perth to try to rebuild a side that is teetering on the brink of relegation?

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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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