David Martindale explains why he's not interested in leaving Livingston for Hibs

David Martindale admits Shaun Maloney's sacking is another example of why he would be reluctant to leave Livingston.

By Peter Wales
Thursday, 21st April 2022, 5:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st April 2022, 5:44 pm

Martindale has been mentioned as a possible contender for the vacant Hibernian job, but the Livi boss would not expect an approach nor would he leave the club voluntarily.

Hibs gave Maloney just four months to prove himself after appointing him in the wake of the shock sacking of Jack Ross, and he lost his job with his team tied on 38 points with Livingston in the cinch Premiership.

"I'd be devastated if it happened to myself," Martindale said. "I think you need two or three windows. Everyone in football knows the January window is the most difficult window and it's debatable if you can get your squad stronger.

Livingston manager David Martindale during a defeat to Hibs at Easter Road earlier this season. Picture: SNS

"I don't think it's a reflection on Shaun. It's the way football is going.

"Should you accept it? I don't know if I would accept it. Would I really want to be a manager if that's how the management industry is going? Probably not if I'm honest. I would probably be looking at a different role within a football club.

"But Hibs is a huge club, everyone is going to jump at the chance.

"Listen, Hibs aren't coming for Davie Martindale and I am quite happy where I am.

"I'm in a kind of unique situation, I have been here eight years. People have sent me stuff but I have not read anything. I don't spend time reading about other clubs.

"It will not be Davie Martindale that makes the decision to leave Livingston Football Club. It will be [directors] Robert Wilson and John Ward, if they think it's my time to move on or move sideways.

"I have said it from day one, it was one of the reasons I didn't want to become a manager, because there's a huge chance you are going to be leaving the club, either through success or failure, and I'm guessing about two thirds comes down to a so-called failure.

"It was one of the reasons I was hesitant in taking the job in the first place. I was in the background and could have done that for 15-20 years, but when you are a manager you come under the spotlight."

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