Wright takes over at Whites

TOMMY Wright has been appointed the new manager of Lisburn Distillery.

Wright, who attended the game against Crusaders on Saturday, will officially take over on Monday.

The former NI international goalkeeper had been working as goalkeeper coach at Shamrock Rovers and will continue that role for another month.

Wright was contacted on Thursday night by Distillery chairman Jim McGrory who also offered the post to Harry Fay the previous evening. Talks between Fay and the board seemed to reach a stalemate so the club moved for the former Ballymena and Limavady boss.

"It was not something I was looking for but I was on my home from training on Thursday night when I got a call from Jim McGrory," said Wright. "He asked could I meet up with him and I did. The post was offered to me and I took a few days to think it over.

"Some people might think I am mad taking over a team at the bottom of the table, but really that is the challenge for me to see if we can turn it around.

"This is a good squad and once we stop leaking goals and become hard to beat then we can start creating chances to win games. There are plenty of games left to work with.

"I am really looking forward to the challenge," added Wright who also said he would be brining in John Cunningham and Iam McFaul as part of his backroom team.

That means out go Harry Fay, who is linked with a move to number two at Newry City under new boss John O'Connell, and Tony Gorman.

Wright was in the stand to see his new side fall at home to league leaders Crusaders by 1-0. The vital goal came from David Rainey who also hit the wookwork before hitting the net.

Wright's first match in charge will come on Tuesday night against Cliftonville in the Co Antrim Shield tie at New Grosvenor.