Livingston FC is thrilled to announce the permanent appointment of David Martindale as manager until the end of the season.
Having stepped in as interim boss after the resignation of Gary Holt last month, the Lions have gone on to record four wins from four under David’s guidance and chief executive John Ward is delighted that he has taken the job on a permanent basis.
Ward said: “I am delighted for both the Club and David that he has accepted the role of Manager. I am on record saying that 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 FC 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 that no individual is discriminated against. We join with the SFA in our dedication and commitment to inclusive football for all under-represented groups in our communities.”
The new boss was quick to praise not only the board, but the supporters, players and his coaching team following the appointment.
Martindale said: “I’m both absolutely delighted and honoured to have been offered and accept the post of first-team manager until the end of the season. I want to go on record thanking the players and the back room staff at the club as without them, I don’t think I would be writing these words. A massive thanks to both Robert (Wilson) and John (Ward) for offering me this opportunity and a huge thank you to not only those mentioned above but to all the non-footballing staff at the club who have been very supportive too.
“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 mine and my family’s life. 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. I owe the fans of this club a massive thank you as they have been magnificent in my time here already and I won’t forget that. I will strive every day to make this club a club you can all be proud of – both on and off the park.
“I really look forward to the day that we can welcome you all back to the Tony Macaroni Arena!”
Club chairman, Robert Wilson said: “The level of work that David has put in since arriving at the club in 2014 has been phenomenal and he thoroughly deserves this appointment. There has been nobody at this football club who has worked harder than he has over the past six years and the club has went from strength to strength since his arrival.
“I am delighted that David has accepted the offer to become first team manager until the end of the season and I hope he has nothing but success in the role.”
We’ll have an exclusive interview with the new boss on LFC Live later today. Keep your eyes peeled on social media for that.