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The Wright stuff

Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date online: 21 February 2014

TOMMY Wright had to be reminded that he was back for a fourth spell at Boundary Park — but there is no forgetting the wealth of experience he brings as Lee Johnson’s new right-hand man.

Wright (48) has completed formalities on a deal which brings him to the coaching staff. The former fans’ favourite winger helped to oversee training yesterday.

“I’m here until the end of the season,” Wright told the Chronicle. “I’m not looking too far ahead. It’s nice to be back, for the fourth time.

“I have had good times here as a player and coach and have always had a good relationship with the

supporters and people at the club.

“I knew Lee Johnson, as he played under us at Chesterfield on loan there. I saw him at a reserve game and we had a chat. A few days ago he asked if I would be interested. I was desperate to get back in on the coaching side, so I didn’t have any second thoughts.”

Wright, who had been scouting for Plymouth — managed by his former boss at Athletic and Chesterfield, John Sheridan — saw signs of promise in his first session.

His hope, and that of Johnson, is that the pair can work together not only to improve the fortunes of the current crop of players but also to identify new targets.

Wright believes there is plenty of hope ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Gillingham, which comes with Athletic’s cushion from the bottom three down to a mere three points..

“There are good signs,” he said. “And one or two things everyone is trying to improve to make the results better.”

Johnson says he wants to adjust the structure among the backroom staff for next season and sees Wright’s arrival forming part of that process.


i am delighted to see him back here, he works hard and is experience which we badly needed.

If we do not get three points tomorrow the fans will be looking at a less than promising future at Boundary Park. It appears that everything is being done 'on the cheap' and the latest arrivals at BP do not actually give me a modicum of comfort. Surely the M.D. can see that the signing of ex-non-league players who(Duffield now makes it three)at their respective ages bring little more than experience and very little spark? Other clubs in L1 go to the PL we go for ex- Macclesfield, Guisley & Bury!

welcome home tommy. Caboroig wake up we are not a club with cash to throw at players! Its too early to tell with what LJ is trying to achieve. There are plenty of rough diamonds in the lower leagues needing the jump and would work their socks off for the club that provides that opportunity look at Matty Smith! Harkins has been a great signing for Oldham. if we can keep the core of this years team for next year and we don't have lots of players leaving then we will do well next year. Keep Faith


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