Lomas The Lion

06 June 2013 09:25
Another manager heads south after cutting his teeth in the SPL

St Johnstone are on the look out for a new manager again now that Steve Lomas has agreed to become Millwall manager. He will be unpacking his kit bag at the Den when he returns from holiday. The Northern Irishman took St Johnstone into European competitions in both seasons he was in charge in Perth and his reign included Saints' highest ever SPL finish of third last season.  Lomas began his managerial career at St Neots Town. He moved to Perth in November 2011 to take over from former Lion Derek McInnes.Millwall chairman John Berylson said: "I was tremendously impressed with Steve. He has great passion and energy, knows a lot about Millwall as a club already, and this is a job he is genuinely hungry for. In some respects, following Kenny Jackett is a tall order, but Steve is very different from his predecessor, younger and with a fresh approach. I believe our fans will take to him, and to those who say we shouldn't have appointed a former captain of our biggest rivals, my response is, he has the desire to become a great Millwall manager. He understands the rivalry and is keen to be judged over time on his commitment to our club and what he can help us achieve. From our point of view, we want the best man for the job, and we believe that man is Steve Lomas. I would like to thank the chairman of St Johnstone for allowing us to appoint Steve and for the courteous and professional way in which our business has been conducted."St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown wrote at the end of a lengthy club statement: "(Steve) joins Owen Coyle and Derek McInnes in having been successful enough in Perth to warrant a crack at a bigger club. We wish him well with that and thank him for his efforts with St Johnstone. Finally we would like to thank the Millwall management for the courtesy and professionalism they have shown on dealing with this matter."

Source: ScottishFitba