Millwall assistant boss Callum Davidson set for St Johnstone hotseat

Millwall assistant manager Callum Davidson looks set to be named the new boss of his former club St Johnstone.

The Lions have given permission for the former Scotland international to speak to the SPL club about their vacancy, following Tommy Wright’s resignation after seven years of success.

Stirling-raised Davidson made his name at the Perth club before a £1.75million move to Premier League outfit Blackburn in 1998. And he was Wright’s assistant for five years until June 2018, when he joined Rowett as his number two at Stoke City – the duo had been in the same Leicester team for two years until 2002.

Wright quit because he said he needed a rest. They were sixth in the SPL table when fixtures were halted and the positions adjusted to points per game. The next Scottish League Cup resumes on July 1, with the league campaign beginning on August 1.

Rowett told the South London Press last month that he hoped Davidson would stick around for a lot longer – and that he believed now would be the wrong time to shift into management.

Rowett said in May: “Because of his history with the club there are so many ways in which it is a natural link.

“All the comments made about him do not surprise me.

“He is a very good coach – that is why I wanted to work with him. He is respected among the players both for his ability and his attributes as a person. It is hard to find people prepared to go the extra mile in the way he does. He complements our coach Adam Barrett and the other staff very well.

“I tried to get him a couple of times and eventually he gave in. He loves working at Millwall.

“I am sure he has ambitions to be a manager. Like many good Scottish coaches, I am sure he will have a go in the hotseat, but I hope that is a long way off. Hopefully, he will see Millwall as a good place to develop.

“It is a hard period to manage any club because there are so many uncertainties at the moment.”


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