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Wright is manager of the season, says Brown

STEVE Brown, the St Johnstone chairman, believes that Tommy Wright should be named as Scottish football's manager of the year after leading the Perth club to an historic first Scottish Cup final.

That feat was realised following a 2-1 semi-final win against Aberdeen on Sunday, while Wright has also secured a top-six league finish and enjoyed relative success in the Europa League this season.

His chairman yesterday referenced an aggregate victory against Norwegian club Rosenborg as he assessed the significance of Wright's achievements. "He's got us to the Scottish Cup final after 130 years of trying, put Rosenborg out of the Europa League, got us into a League Cup semi and qualified for the top six at a canter," said Brown, who also tipped semi-final goalscorer May for the young player award.

"When you look at it, I don't see who has a better record when you look at the resources. Derek McInnes has done a great job at Aberdeen but Tommy is working with a fraction of what their budget is."

The prospect of watching St Johnstone in a cup final has also caught the attention of former defender Michael Duberry, a player whose career spanned time at Chelsea and Leeds United, but also 18 months in Perth. "I'm going to free the date up so I can get there and be a part of the final myself," he said.

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