STEVE Lomas insists the addition of Neil Harris to his coaching staff is not a PR move to appease fans.
Harris will form an integral part of Lomas' backroom team and began his new role on the first day of pre-season this week.
Lomas said: "That's just not true, saying I have brought Neil in to please people – that's disrespectful to me and to him. I want a good mix on the staff of hunger and experience, because when you get that I think things work well.
"Neil knows the club, he's a good sounding board and he's an intelligent man. He knows the game, he's hungry and he knows players."
Meanwhile, fitness expert Alan Pearson is helping Lomas put the players through their paces this summer.
"Alan is in helping us with pre-season," Lomas said. "He is somebody that I know and somebody that I've worked with. He's a big character.
"I want the training ground vibrant. It's not rocket science – we have to be organised and stimulate the lads. It's all about them – the players and the fans."
Pearson owns SAQ International, a company that provides "innovative and bespoke training consultancy", and worked with Lomas during his time at St Johnstone.