There’s no doubt that 46-year-old Tommy Wright is in pole position to get the Chesterfield managerial position on a permanent basis.
The club will give the Dunfermline-born former assistant to John Sheridan every chance to put together a run of results that will make their job an easy one.
He’ll be allowed to bring in a number of loan players to try to balance up the squad he inherited from the man he’d assisted for the last six years, three years each at Oldham Athletic and then Chesterfield.
Already the Scot, who has received his former boss’s blessing after he was removed from the position, has started to get improved performances from his charges and they all seem keen to have him continue in the role.
Wright, who was in the same Leeds United youngsters’ cohort as Denis Irwin and another ex-Spireites assistant manager Scott Sellars, whilst Sheridan was a year older, comes from good footballing stock.
His father, also Tommy, was a top-line footballer for Partick Thistle, before spending six successful years at Sunderland, with whom he won three Scottish Caps.
East Fife, Oldham and North Shields followed. Former Owls and Spireites’ winger Jackie Sinclair is his uncle.
Wright junior just loves the game and going to games: “I’ve always enjoyed watching football and I’ve always had an interest and opinions in football.
“Some of my former managers will probably tell you I had too many opinions about the game.
“Football was always something I wanted to stay in. I love coaching, I love being on the training ground.
“It’s not a chore for me to drive for four hours to watch a game, I enjoy it.
“Mind you, I don’t enjoy being stuck on the motorway in traffic! I do get out and I do work hard,
“I don’t know if it’s a Scottish thing because there are a lot of Scottish managers and coaches that seem to do well, it may just be a work ethic thing.
“Maybe the rough tone of our voice meaning that when you say something, people listen, I don’t really know, but there are a lot of Scottish coaches in the English game and hopefully I can follow in some of their footsteps and be successful.”
The former Leeds United, Oldham Athletic, Leicester City, Middlesbrough, Bradford City, St. Johnstone, Livingston and Doncaster Rovers player has been able to learn his trade under a host of different managers.
His former gaffers, and indeed mentors, include Eddie Gray, Billy Bremner, Joe Royle, David Pleat, Gordon Lee, Brian Little, Lennie Lawrence, Bryan Robson, Chris Kamara, Paul Sturrock, Ray Stewart and Ian Snodin.
He moved into coaching with Kings Lynn, then managed by his friend and current York City boss Gary Mills, took his coaching badges and moved to Oldham’s youth department, where he eventually moved his way up to Sheridan’s No2 in 2006.
His time in North Derbyshire has seen him build excellent relationships with the high throughput of players at the club and he has recognised the importance of the link between the management and players, inviting veteran striker Jack Lester to take an active role in training.
Whilst there are still plenty of cynics in the supporter base due to Wright’s link with Sheridan, without doubt, he’s his own man and he’ll work 24/7 to give himself the best chance to get the job for real.