Livingston’s Michael McKenna admits he and his team-mates are raw over yesterday’s announcement that John McGlynn had left the club by mutual consent.
The 23-year-old midfielder, recruited by McGlynn in the summer from junior outfit Musselburgh Athletic, says that despite their current predicaments both on and off the field, there is a state of disbelief throughout the Livi dressing room over his departure.
“Everyone is gutted,” McKenna explained. “It came as a total surprise as we had our Christmas night out over the weekend and all had a great time, so to come back to the news yesterday was really disappointing.
“We all thought if it was going to happen then it would have been done by now. We got a good result against Raith and that picked us up a wee bit. The way he was talking on Saturday, it never sounded as if he was going to be out of a job.
“It’s harsh that the blame is always put on the manager because, at the end of the day, it’s the players who are not doing their jobs. He must be by far the hardest-working man in football. He lives for the game and I don’t think he’ll have long getting another job as he did well last year and got us to a final this year. There have been a lot of off the field things that haven’t helped, especially the transfer embargo.”
McKenna will forever be indebted to his former boss for affording him the opportunity to forge a career in professional football.
“He apologised and wished us all the best – it was a really sad moment, especially for the likes of myself and Myles [Hippolyte] as he gave us our first pro contracts,” McKenna said. “I’ve learnt so much since I’ve been here so I’m really gutted he’s away.”
Player/assistant Mark Burchill will take charge of first-team affairs until the end of the season – a decision that has gone down well with McKenna and his team-mates. He said: “Mark is well respected by the players. He puts everything into training and helped John a lot. We’re determined to give Mark a result this weekend.”