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Wright to stay on

Date published: 19 May 2014

TOMMY Wright is to stay on at Boundary Park for next season.

The deal will see the influential assistant manager (48) become a permanent member of Lee Johnson’s backroom team.

The Scot added a healthy dose of experience to the dug-out upon his return to Athletic in mid-February.

Wright’s influence on the younger players is said to have had a positive impact as the club climbed away from relegation danger.

First-team coach Paul Murray has also verbally agreed a new deal to stay on for a second full season in the job.

Fitness coach Lee Steele’s departure has left a new permanent role for goalkeeping coach Anthony White. The 23-year-old former Latics trainee has impressed Johnson in the role over the past three months, since the departure of Bobby Mimms and will also take on the fitness coaching role.

“He is a young, innovative coach who has impressed me massively,” said Johnson. “I believe he has the steel and quality to become a top coach in the game.”

Athletic have been linked with a potential move for experienced Port Vale midfielder Chris Lines.

They are said to be in a race with Bradford, Coventry and Gillingham to sign Lines, who is stalling over the offer of a new contract from the Vale Park outfit. Lines joined the Valiants from Sheffield Wednesday last summer.


Good news.

best news so far.

stay where you are loved Tommy

Wright ON!! Good news this tommys experience will be vital to us again next season, as for a 23 yr old goalkeeping coach i will reserve judgement.

Pleased about that. I wonder if having a 23yo GK coach is a barrier to attracting a GK to the club. It shouldn't matter how old you are, so long as you're good at your job but you imagine it must be easier for a GK to look up to someone who's achieved what they're trying to achieve...?

No wonder we are losing the best keeper we've had in years if he's got a young, inexperienced coach telling how to play!

Stop reporting that we are after experienced players because we never get them so why get everyone's hopes up on empty words then let the fans down, lets get some action for a change. Good job Tommy Wright signed for us because with out him on board we would have been relegated


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