Livingston appoint David Martindale as manager full-time at Tony Macaroni Arena
Martindale had been assistant to four previous Livingston managers – Gary Holt, who left in November, Kenny Miller, David Hopkin and Mark Burchill – and stepped into the breach during interim periods between bosses.
Now, after two wins in the league and two in the Betfred Cup, he has been handed the role of his own, full-time.
He said: “I can honestly say I owe a huge gratitude to Livingston FC, the fans, the players, and all the directors over the years as they have given me the opportunity to work in professional football and allowed me the chance to progress my own career while changing my family’s life and my own. Without having such open-minded people throughout my time at Livingston, there is no doubt I wouldn’t be in this position today.
“I spent a large part of my life growing up in Livingston and I can honestly say I will do everything in my power to continue to push, pull and cajole Livingston FC to keep on punching above our weight."
Martindale has been unbeaten since succeeding ex-Falkirk boss Gary Holt last month, winning all four of the West Lothian side’s games since the former Scotland midfielder’s departure.
Chief executive John Ward praised the manager, but also the SFA. The new manager at the Tony Macaroni Arena served a prison sentence before embarking on his football coaching career which began at Broxburn and followed into Livingston as a volunteer with John McGlynn’s set-up at Almondvale.
Ward said: “I wanted him to take the job the last time we recruited. I think we have seen over the last four games just how the players have responded to his leadership and management style.
“Livingston has always believed in the principles of constructive and effective rehabilitation, and we welcome the Scottish FA’s commitment last week to equality, fairness, justice, inclusion and the removal of barriers in the game. This allows David and others to participate in football at all levels and ensure no individual is discriminated against. We join the SFA in our dedication and commitment to inclusive football for all under-represented groups in our communities.”