Former Manchester City midfielder set for Millwall job
Championship news: St. Johnstone manager Steve Lomas is in line to replace Kenny Jackett at Millwall
St. Johnstone boss Steve Lomas is on track to replace Kenny Jackett as manager of Championship side Millwall.
The London club have been given permission to speak to Lomas, 39, about the vacant post at the Den following Jackett's departure to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Lomas, a former Manchester City and West Ham United midfielder, joined the Saints in November 2011 after spells as manager of non-league side St Neots Town and as the Hammers' assistant coach, since guiding the club to back-to-back top six SPL finishes and a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
Last month Lomas said he envisaged seeing out the remaining year of his contract at McDiarmid Park, but he could well be tempted by such a high ranking English outfit who are a regular to Championship football.
The FA Cup semi-finalists have moved swiftly to replace Jackett, whose resignation came after five-and-a-half years with the club.
St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown told the club website: "I'm disappointed but not surprised that his progress has been monitored by other clubs.
"As with our previous two managers, we will not stand in the way of Steve if he agrees to join Millwall."
The Perth-based club have a strong record of passing on managers to the English game with Derek McInnes having joined Bristol City in 2011, and Owen Coyle, who left for Burnley in 2007 before guiding them to promotion to the Premier League.
After quitting last month Jackett commented: "After almost six seasons I personally feel the time is right for a new challenge, and also for a new manager to come into Millwall with fresh ideas.
"I would like to thank the chairman, the board of directors, players, staff and supporters for their backing."
Jackett, who led Millwall to a 20th-place finish in the Championship this season - two points clear of the relegation places - was the longest-serving manager in the Championship and the sixth longest-serving across the 92 Premier League and Football League teams.
A statement on the Millwall website at the time said the board of directors had accepted Jackett's resignation "with reluctance".
"I want to express my thanks to Kenny for his fantastic service and achievements over the past five and a half years," Millwall chairman John Berylson said. "He has played a major role in creating a stable environment at Millwall which hadn't been the case prior to his arrival.
"Whilst respecting Kenny's decision, I wish I could have persuaded him to change his mind.
"He was my first acquisition as chairman of the club and has proved himself to be one of the best. I am losing a great manager but he will remain a good friend.
"I know everyone associated with Millwall will wish Kenny all the very best with his future endeavours.
"We are now determined to move the club forward and build on the foundations Kenny has provided towards even greater success."
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