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Wright ignores speculation

By February 16, 2017No Comments

Boss Tommy Wright has easily ignored Ibrox speculation this week to focus on St Johnstone.

The Northern Irishman is one of the front runners for the vacant managerial post at Rangers following the departure of Mark Warburton last Friday night.

Wright has been subject to some ribbing from his background staff – “the lads have been keeping going but that is just banter with them” – but has had no problem retaining his focus.

He told Press Association Sport: “It is not difficult. Not difficult at all because I am contracted and employed to do a job at St Johnstone.

“I can do nothing about speculation.

“My focus until I am told otherwise is to maximise everything I can out of the players I have got here and if I didn’t do that I would be letting myself down, letting the club down and letting the players down.

“My job is quite simple, to make sure I look after my players and my job and I am solely focused on getting three points for St Johnstone at Ross County.”

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson said that the Ibrox club could appoint a director of football in a changed management structure.

The exact remit in terms of input into recruitment is not yet clear and it has once again sparked a debate about the desirability and importance of the role.

Wright believes in a director of football in principle but believes relationships between key people at clubs, regardless of titles, is crucial.

“Every club has to do what they feel best,” he said.

“I work with my chairman (Steven Brown) in terms of I identify the players and he does the contracts.

“I don’t have anything to do with negotiating contracts. If that is the way the chairman wants it, I am comfortable with it but I have an input into it.

“Does a director of football work? I think it has been proven that it does work. But I think the role of the manager/coach is important and has to be recognised.

“The manager/coach has to work with the players. The relationship between the manager and director of football has to be similar to what the manager and chairman is.

“The slight difference in the director of football role is that maybe he takes more of a role in identifying players but that can’t be him solely identifying players, I don’t think it works like that.

“The director of football/head of recruitment, no matter what it is called, the relationship between a manager or a coach and that person, whatever title you give him, is the most important thing for any football club to get right.

“There are very few instances where a manager has no influence, even abroad when managers get very little influence in what that sporting director does.

“I go back to my point. If the manager/coach has no influence in that, I don’t see how it works.”