It seems hard to believe that it is only two years ago that new St Johnstone Manager Steve Lomas took charge of his first match in a Premier League game against Rangers at Ibrox.
Steve’s predecessor, Derek McInnes, had moved to Bristol City a few weeks earlier and Chairmen Geoff and Steve Brown had interviewed a number of high quality candidates before announcing the new appointment.
Steve Lomas had enjoyed a first class playing career. As a midfield player he had won 45 International caps for his country, Northern Ireland, whilst playing in the Premier League for Manchester City and West Ham United. At Upton Park he had played with many quality players such as Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick to name but a few. Later he would move to Queens Park Rangers and finally Gillingham. When his playing career was over he moved into coaching at Norwich City before taking up a management role at non League side St Neot’s. He also had a spell back at West Ham as reserve team manager.
His first St Johnstone team selection for the Rangers match was: – Peter Enkelman, Dave Mackay, Callum Davidson, Jody Morris, Frazer Wright, Steven Anderson, Chris Millar, Murray Davidson, Liam Craig, Kevin Moon, Fran Sandaza. Subs: – Alan Mannus, Carl Finnigan, Alan Maybury, Marcus Haber, Mark Durnan, Stevie May, Ricky McIntosh.
Saints were the better team on the day and deserved better than the 0 – 0 draw.
In his first season in charge Lomas guided Saints to 6th place in the League which brought with it European football to McDiarmid Park for the first time since 1999.
The following Season was even better as the team finished 3rd in the League meaning Europe for the second season running. A feat that had not been achieved before.
Steve Lomas was awarded the Clydesdale Bank manager of the Month for September 2012.
At the end of the 2012/13 Season he moved to Championship side Millwall.
His St Johnstone record in all competitions was: – Played 72, Won 26, Drawn 20, Lost 26, with goals scored 85 and lost 98. His win ratio was 36%.