With Tommy Wright under the spotlight as Dundee United seek to appoint a new manager in succession to Jackie McNamara, St. Johnstone’s Brian Easton has come out with a strong statement in support of his boss staying at the Perth club.
“All the boys will be hoping he stays on. There’s a few teams sniffing about. He’s done a great job at St. Johnstone - his stock’s pretty high right now. We’ll see what happens over the next few days - but hopefully he’ll still be our manager after the International break,” said Easton.
“It doesn’t surprise me that he’s in demand - but it does surprise that there’s not been more over the last couple of years.”
There is no doubt that Wright has done a terrific job at St. Johnstone - taking them to their first-ever trophy success, the 2014 Scottish FA Cup as well as qualifying for Europe for the last two seasons.
Easton emphasised that very point in his plea for a continuation of that work.
“Normally there’s a change of manager when things aren’t going that well. Right now things are going very well and we don’t want that to change. We want to keep the momentum going and have another successful season.
“From a footballing point of view we’re looking good right now, we’re in the ascendancy - there’s more to come from us this season. Hopefully he’ll stay at St. Johnstone. It’s a great team we’ve got there at the club - all the boys love playing under the coaching staff.”
Easton accepted that perhaps a parting of the ways would be likely in the years to come whilst at the same time underlining his gaffer’s strengths.
“If we keep going the way we have been it’s perhaps inevitable that someone will come in for him at some point. He’s a very good man-manager. There’s a lot of fight in the team, everyone works hard. It’s good that he gets the most out of everyone. There’s always a good atmosphere around the place, even following a poor result.”