Thu, 20 Jun 2013 19:38:00 – New St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has confirmed he has quit his coaching role with Northern Ireland.
Wright has decided to concentrate on events at McDiarmid Park after succeeding Steve Lomas, who quit the club to join Millwall last week.
The decision was taken after talks with Saints chairman Steve Brown and Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill.
Wright said in a statement on the Irish Football Association website: "Following discussions with my chairman, Michael O'Neill and my family I have decided to step down from the position of Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach.
"The decision was not taken lightly but I feel that the demands of being manager of St Johnstone FC require me to be totally committed to that position.
"I would like to thank the chairman and board of directors at the club for allowing me to work with the international team over the past 15 months and it has been a position that I have been honoured to hold.
"Finally, I would like thank Michael for the opportunity to work alongside him and Billy (McKinlay) and I wish them and the squad all the best for the remainder of the World Cup campaign."
Worrall completed his move to the New York Stadium for an undisclosed fee on Thursday but Day has made it clear that Shakers manager Kevin Blackwell was keen to retain the 23-year-old for the forthcoming League Two campaign.
As such, the recently installed Gigg Lane chief went on to offer assurances to fans on the club's official website.
Day's statement read: "As the chairman of this club, I think it's essential that the fans have access to all information and reasoning behind the decisions we as a board have to make.
"I was approached by the agent of David Worrall and it was made clear to me that the player no longer wished to play for the club. I stated that he was part of the manager's plans and the new board wanted him to stay.
"He made it clear that if we did not allow him to move, then the player would exercise his rights to move as soon as he was contractually entitled.
"As a result we had to make a decision based on the best interests of Bury Football Club. The player was therefore sold.
"I wanted to make it clear to any fan that feels we are selling our best players that this is definitely not the case and the next few weeks will demonstrate the quality of players we have targeted to bring into this club.
"We do not want to keep any player that is not prepared to give this club 100 per cent. We will update you on all new signings as soon as they have been secured."
The 22-year-old midfielder impressed during a 10-game loan stint with Latics at the end of last season and was recently left Carrow Road, where he graduated from the youth system.
Smith also enjoyed a spell at Yeovil earlier in the season where he played under Gary Johnson, the father of Oldham boss Lee.
He will official become a member of the Boundary Park staff on July 1.