Tommy Wright has resigned from his post of the goalkeeping coach of the Northern Ireland national football team after being appointed as the manager of St Johnstone.
Wright had been working both as Northern Ireland’s goalkeeping coach and St Johnstone’s assistant manager since the last couple of years. But, a few days back, he was promoted to the post of manager at St Johnstone.
After that, Wright felt that he couldn’t continue working both for the club and the national team.
Announcing his resignation in a press conference, Wright said, “I have reached the decision that I should leave the post of Northern Ireland’s goalkeeping coach. I am now the manager of St Johnstone FC and I need to be totally committed to the club.”
“I have not taken this decision in a hurry. I gave it a deep thought. I also talked to Michael O’ Neill and the chairman of IFA.”
“I want to thank the owners of St Johnstone for allowing me to work both for the club and the country in the last one and half years.”
“I also want to thank Michael O’ Neill for giving me the chance to work under him. I give my best wishes to the Northern Ireland squad for their remaining World Cup qualifying matches.”
Northern Ireland’s performance in the world Cup qualifying matches has been pretty poor so far. They have played 5 games and haven’t won even one. They have lost 3 games, while, the remaining 2 have ended in the form of draws.
Northern Ireland has to play 5 more games. So, they still have the chance to improve their position in Group F points table. Currently, they are at no. 5 in the points table with 3 points.
Northern Ireland’s next world cup qualifying match is against Russia. That match will be played on 14th of August at Windsor Park, Belfast.