TOMMY WRIGHT has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal to become new manager of Kilmarnock.

The former St Johnstone boss held talks with the club over the weekend and now succeeds Alex Dyer, who left the Rugby Park outfit nine days ago following a 3-2 loss against St Johnstone.

Wright will be in charge for the visit of Motherwell on Wednesday before taking the Ayrshire outfit to Ibrox on Saturday for the confrontation with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side who stuttered on their way to their first title in a decade with a 1-1 draw at Hamilton yesterday.

The Northern Irishman, speaking on the club website, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be the new Kilmarnock manager. It’s a great opportunity for me.

“I had nine years in total at St Johnstone and the time was right for me to leave there, but it is the perfect time for me to come back to management.

“Kilmarnock has had good success in recent years and I’m looking to take it forward and moving us up the table.

“This is a really good football club with good people and I was really impressed when speaking to them, which made it an easy decision to take the job.”

Wright quit the Perth club after seven seasons, during which he led the McDiarmid Park side to the 2014 Scottish Cup, their first major trophy in their history.

The former international keeper also guided the Saints to five top-six finishes and into four Europa League qualifying campaigns after stepping up from his role as assistant manager in 2013.

He will be joined by assistant Paul Stephenson, who was at the club previously as part of Lee Clark’s coaching staff.

Andy Millen, who had served as assistant manager and reserve team manager, will depart the club.


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