Lomas set to be unveiled next week
Millwall Football Club are set to appoint Steve Lomas as manager next week when he returns from holiday, after agreeing terms with the St Johnstone boss and compensation with his club.
Lomas (39) has quickly established himself as one of the brightest young managers in the game after guiding Saints to European qualification for two consecutive seasons, including their highest ever finish in the SPL, where they finished third in 2012/13.
The former Northern Ireland international midfielder began his managerial career at St Neots Town and took over the St Johnstone hotseat in November 2011 from former Lion Derek McInnes after a brief spell as reserve team coach at former club West Ham.
Millwall chairman John Berylson says he is looking forward to working with Lomas and to an exciting future under his management at The Den.
"I was tremendously impressed with Steve," he said. "He has great passion and energy, knows a lot about Millwall as a club already, and this is a job he is genuinely hungry for.
In some respects, following Kenny Jackett is a tall order, but Steve is very different from his predecessor, younger and with a fresh approach.
I believe our fans will take to him, and to those who say we shouldn't have appointed a former captain of our biggest rivals, my response is, he has the desire to become a great Millwall manager. He understands the rivalry and is keen to be judged over time on his commitment to our club and what he can help us achieve.
From our point of view, we want the best man for the job, and we believe that man is Steve Lomas.
I would like to thank the chairman of St Johnstone for allowing us to appoint Steve and for the courteous and professional way in which our business has been conducted."