Next Game

Inverness v St J'stone

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Scots Prem

McDiarmid Park

Last Game

St J'stone 0 - 1 Dundee

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Scots Prem

Wright defends Vine decision

St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright insists financial considerations prevented the club extending Rowan Vine's contract.

Last Updated: 16/07/13 at 15:55 Post Comment

Rowan Vine: Recently made the switch from St Johnstone to Hibernian

Rowan Vine: Recently made the switch from St Johnstone to Hibernian

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Vine spoke of his disappointment at the way his Saints career ended as he was unveiled as a Hibernian player on Monday.

The forward claimed former manager Steve Lomas had hinted the club could keep him if Saints finished third in the Scottish Premier League but heard nothing after a top-three place was wrapped up.

But Wright thought Vine was fully aware of the club's position.

The Saints manager said: "I like Rowan, and Steve and myself wanted to keep Rowan. We were disappointed to see him go but financially we couldn't keep him.

"I think he's quoted as saying Steve promised him something. I don't see how Steve could have done that because we were told we couldn't keep Rowan.

"I don't know what happened in any conversations he had with Steve but I know the chairman had informed Steve and myself that we couldn't keep him.

"He did get a letter from us and his agent was made well aware that we weren't keeping him, so I don't know what happened between him and Steve.

"I like Rowan, I had a great text message off him when I got the job, and I wish him all the best at Hibs.

"And as he said, he has got an opportunity to play at a bigger and better club and we have got to accept that - that sometimes we can't hold on to players that do well for us because financially we can't compete with other clubs."

Along with Vine, St Johnstone have lost key players Gregory Tade, Liam Craig and Murray Davidson this summer.

But Wright is happy with the way his squad is looking ahead of the Europa League qualifier against Rosenborg in Norway on Thursday after bringing in the likes of Rory Fallon, David Wotherspoon, Gary McDonald and Brian Easton.

"Like most Scottish clubs, we have lost a few players but I'm happy with the business we have done," Wright said.

"I wanted to bring in good quality players and cut the budget at the same time, and we have managed to do that.

"I am more than happy with the squad we have got. I do think we need one more in and I'll work closely with the chairman over the next couple of weeks to do that."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

eak points? Play like Villa should work easily enough.

plughead80
Ludogorets target 'weaknesses'

T

hose tight polo shirts he's been wearing on the touchline this season make him look like a lady on a golfing holiday.

walter white
Football Managers On TV: Neil Warnock

A

s a great man once said: Nothing ever changes by staying the same.

walter white
Just Put Him Out Of His Misery...

Footer 365

Premier League: West Ham come from behind twice at Hull City to earn 2-2 draw

West Ham twice came from behind to earn a battling 2-2 draw with Hull City in an entertaining clash at the KC Stadium.

Champions League: Martin Skrtel won't play for Liverpool against Ludogorets

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed defender Martin Skrtel will not be risked in Liverpool's return to the Champions League.

Champions League: Arsenal face defensive crisis for Borussia Dortmund trip

Arsenal are facing a defensive crisis ahead of their Champions League opener against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Woke Up This Morning Feeling Fine...

Man United fans are a more than a tad excited, Liverpool fans are a little depressed and we have mails on Mesut Ozil, Newcastle, Aston Villa and lots more...

Fixing The Mess At Old Trafford

Plenty of conclusions on United's win over QPR and their missing link(s), more Ozil frustration, how Liverpool are like lasagne, as well as a word on Diego Costa's temperament...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property