Tommy Wright is quietly confident that he can do a solid job as manager of St Johnstone following his recent appointment.
The 49-year old former Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City goalkeeper has taken the time to get coaching experience in his native Northern Ireland and he feels he is now ready to succeed Steve Lomas who has taken the reins at Millwall after two successful seasons at McDiarmid Park.
"When I finished my playing career in England I made the decision to go back to league football in Northern Ireland to learn my trade, so to be standing here as manager of an SPL club 12 years down the line makes this a very proud moment,” said Wright.
"I'm excited about the challenge ahead and I look at my experience in the game and feel that the fact that I've worked at all levels of the game might be important for this club.
"I've been a youth development officer with the IFA, I've managed part-time clubs, I've worked at Championship level in England at Norwich, I've worked at international level, I've had 18 months in the SPL and I've worked under strict financial budgets.
"Since coming to Saints in November 2011 I've improved the contacts I have up here and combined with the people I already knew I believe I have the sort of contact list the chairman is looking for.
"I've learned a great deal since I came to Perth and improved my knowledge of the game so I think I'm well prepared for the job ahead."