HEARTS boss Robbie Neilson reckons St Johnstone gaffer Tommy Wright will be lured to a job in England before much longer.
The former Northern Ireland goalkeeper led the Perth outfit to their historic Scottish Cup triumph two years ago and his Tynecastle counterpart believes that feat will not have passed without notice across the border.
Neilson and Wright will pit their wits against each other in the Premiership tussle in Edinburgh tomorrow afternoon in what is bound to be a highly intriguing encounter.neilson_2618598a
The Hearts manager said: “Tommy Wright has done very well with St Johnstone and I am sure people are looking at what he has achieved.
“I am sure there are teams having a think about taking him down south, but, as always with these things, the timing has be right in football.

“You have to be doing well. It also has to be the right club at the right time who play right style of football and you have to have the right chairman on board to work with.

“Tommy has built that St Johnstone team over the past five or six years. They have key players such as Steven Anderson, Murray Davidson, Steven McLean and Chris Millar who have all been there for a long time.

“There is continuity and they all know what they are doing and it becomes second nature to them. St Johnstone are a good example of how you can achieve things if you keep group of players together.”

And Neilson will be hoping to deny Wright a hat-trick of successes over his side after the previous outings in the Premiership and the Betfred Cup during this campaign.

He added: “The Saints are a team that are always competitive and always up for a game against Hearts, especially as Tynecastle. They see us a big scalp.

“We need to win the battles and hopefully we can get control of the game and then it comes down to footballing ability.

“You get the same amount of points from winning 1-0 by scoring a goal that involves 60 passes or scoring from a corner.”


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