Could he be Wright man for the job?
PUBLISHED: 11:14 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:33 10 September 2010
The man who turned down the post of Norwich City goalkeeping coach to stay in club management is now out of work. Former Northern Ireland 'keeper Tommy Wright resigned as manager of Ballymena United after Saturday's Carnegie Premier game at Newry City.
The man who turned down the post of Norwich City goalkeeping coach to stay in club management is now out of work.
Former Northern Ireland 'keeper Tommy Wright resigned as manager of Ballymena United after Saturday's Carnegie Premier game at Newry City. He had been in charge for three seasons.
The 44-year-old Wright was given the chance to join the Canaries' coaching team in January after the sudden exit of goakeeping coach James Hollman, but decided to stay with Ballymena. Now he says he has had enough.
“I did not take this decision lightly but I have become disillusioned with certain aspects of the game and perhaps have taken Ballymena as far as I could,” said Wright.
“I have some personal reasons, too, that mean the time is right to move on. I enjoyed my time at the club and I think we have made progress.
“It would have been easy to resign when we were going badly at the start of the season or when Norwich invited me to join them as goalkeeping coach in January.
“But since the end of February I have become a bit disillusioned and maybe the fact that I have been full-time has worked against me.
“Perhaps I took on too much in terms of my work at the club and that has taken its toll on me. When it affects your personal life, it is time to call it a day.”
Wright insisted he had no job lined up.
“I am going to relax and take a total break from football. There is no hidden agenda,” he said. “I have nothing else lined up and it is the right decision for me, my family and Ballymena United.”
A statement issued by Ballymena said they had accepted Wright's resignation “with much reluctance and regret”.
City recruited former Wimbledon boss Stuart Murdoch as Hollman's replacement in January, but he had a change of heart and left just 48 hours after his appointment was announced.
Bryan Gunn has acted as goalkeeping coach since Hollman left the club.