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Wright named new Distillery boss


Tommy Wright takes over as manager of Carling Premiership strugglers Lisburn Distillery.

Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Tommy Wright has been appointed the new manager of Carling Premiership side Lisburn Distillery.

Recently Wright was on the coaching staff at League of Ireland outfit Shamrock Rovers where his former NI team-mate Michael O'Neill is manager.

Before that, Wright managed Limavady and Ballymena United and was then goalkeeping coach at Norwich City.

Jimmy Brown resigned as Distillery boss after a bad start to the league season.

Former Dungannon boss Harry Fay, who was first team coach under Brown, had been offered the chance to take over at New Grosvenor.

However, he stalled on the deal, saying there were a number of issues to be resolved and is now moving to be assistant to new Newry manager John McDonnell.

Wright will have former Institute manager John Cunningham and ex-Larne boss Jim Hagan in his backroom team.

Distillery are eight points adrift at the bottom of the table having just taken one point form a possible 27.

"I would not have accepted the job if I did not think I could work with the players and get them out of the position they are in," said Wright.

"I spoke to the Lisburn Distillery chairman Jim McGrory and was impressed with what he had to say.

"The players' ability is not in doubt and it is up to me to find the right formula for them."

Wright will combine the Distillery job with his goalkeeper coaching duties at Shamrock Rovers until the end of the League of Ireland season.

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see also
Fay offered Distillery position
24 Sep 09 |  Irish
Brown in Lisburn Distillery exit
18 Sep 09 |  Irish

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