TOMMY Wright, who was Steve Lomas' assistant at St Johnstone, has confirmed he turned down the chance to follow the 39-year-old to Millwall.
Rather than join Lomas in South London, Wright has stepped into his shoes after agreeing to become the Saints' new manager.
Wright told The Herald: "Steve asked if I was interested in going to Millwall but I wanted to stay here. I had not thought too much about becoming a manager again because I was enjoying my job as Steve's No.2.
"But when the opportunity came up and the chairman spoke to me about it, I was delighted the club wanted me to stay on."
Lomas has no concrete plans about his backroom staff. He said: "I know the coaches here and I'll have a chat with them all and see what's what. I am not one to come in and start slicing and dicing."