STEVE PITTMAN will begin life after Broxburn Athletic by taking in son Scott’s match against Rangers at the Energy Assets Arena this evening.
The former United States internationalist ended a six-year spell as manager at Albyn Park on Sunday night, after the club’s committee accepted his resignation. His decision to step aside wasn’t an easy one, but he felt he’d taken the West Lothian outfit as far as he could and now wishes to spend his Saturday afternoons for the remainder of the season watching Livingston as they fight to preserve their Championship status.
Pittman senior, pictured, was in attendance at Ibrox last month to witness a star showing from his 22-year-old son in a 1-1 draw against the Gers – a performance which led Livi boss Mark Burchill to claim afterwards that Pittman had looked “better than half the Rangers players” – while his whole family saw him net his first goal for the Lions at McDiarmid Park earlier this month as they secured the Petrofrac Training Cup with a 4-0 rout of Alloa Athletic.
The attacking midfielder joined Livi from Bo’ness United in January, having moved to the Super League champions from Broxburn in June after three years under his father.
“I want to go and watch Scott towards the end of the season and see if Livingston can stay up,” said the 47-year-old. “If something comes up next season, I’ll maybe think about doing something like that again, but just now I’ll watch Scott and enjoy him playing. I’ll look out for the Broxburn results and just take it easy for a while.”
Former Dundee and Partick Thistle defender Pittman took over in June 2009 and led Broxburn to the South Division title and promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge. Broxburn came within a point of promotion to the Super League the following season, before they finished runners-up to Sauchie in season 2011/12. They have since secured finishes in the top half of the Super League the past two years – they currently sit joint sixth – and are on course for another this term.
Pittman brought in former Bonnyrigg Rose boss Max Christie as his assistant in September, with the duo having played together at Dens Park, and Christie will now take the reins at Albyn Park. Pittman revealed he was going to wait until the end of the season to move on, but felt that was unfair on Christie who he had earmarked to take over.
“I was devastated doing it, but I think had to do it and I think the time was right for somebody else to have a go,” said Pittman on his departure.
“You never know, it might not work out and I might be sitting here in two weeks and be absolutely devastated, but I just think the time was right.
“It had been on my mind for a while, do you want to be here for the next four or five years and be sixth, seventh or eighth? Or do you want to maybe give somebody else a shot? I just had a feeling and I finally decided to give somebody else a go.
“I’ve had a great time there, but I just think it would be better for the team. I was going to wait until the end of the season, but I don’t think it would’ve been fair on Max if I waited until the end of the season and it’s me that’s signed and re-signed players. I thought it was better to bow out now and let Max sign the players he wants, instead of just taking over the team that I left there.
“Max is perfect for the job, he’s a great lad. He’s really good with the boys and his coaching is very good – I can’t speak highly enough of him. He’s inheriting a bunch of great boys who will give him everything they’ve got. I’d just like to thank Alan Cunningham and all the committee for backing me on everything I’ve done.”