Darren Jamieson wants David Hopkin to get Livingston job

Darren Jamieson returned to action for Livingston in the 2-0 defeat by Falkirk. Pic: SNS
Darren Jamieson returned to action for Livingston in the 2-0 defeat by Falkirk. Pic: SNS
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Livingston goalkeeper Darren Jamieson has urged the club’s board to offer interim manager David Hopkin the job on a permanent basis.

The former Crystal Palace and Leeds striker steered his players to a 4-1 victory over St Mirren seven days ago before losing out to Peter Houston’s Falkirk 2-0 on Tuesday night.

And now Jamieson, who was recalled to the starting line-up for the first time in three months against the Bairns, has given his backing for Hopkin to succeed former boss Mark Burchill.

“Hoppy has got us playing the way he wants us to play,” Jamieson, 24, said. “He came in last week, the training has been upbeat and he’s implemented his own style of play. All the boys really respect him so I would really like to see him being given the job if I’m being honest.”

Jamieson, who has been with the Lions since 2010, has been restricted to just eight appearances in this season’s Championship having played second fiddle to Marc McCallum, who joined on-loan from Dundee United. Prior to Tuesday night’s clash at Falkirk, Jamieson hadn’t featured since the 2-0 League Cup third-round defeat to Inverness on September 22. And, although the club are confident of extending McCallum’s loan spell until the end of the season, the player having returned to his parent club after the Boxing Day win over the Buddies, Jamieson says he hopes to be given the nod for this afternoon’s visit of Queen of the South.

“You go through all that training to then be sat on the bench on the Saturday,” he said. “You always have to be grateful being a footballer for your job but you want to play.

“I’d played 87 or 88 games in a row to then find myself dropped so it’s been hard. Marc has done absolutely fantastic since he’s came to the club so I can’t fault him whatsoever. But having not played for three months after playing for over two years solid is hard to take. But hopefully I’ve got my jersey now and I can keep it until the end of the season and beyond.”

Meanwhile, interim chairman Robert Wilson has confirmed the club will step up their search for a new manager next week.