Livingston FC have announced the appointment of Richie Burke and Mark Burchill as the Division One side’s new management team, with contracts until summer 2015.
Burke who has been caretaker manager since Gareth Evans was sacked by the club in February will take up the position permanently. Former Celtic and Hearts striker Mark Burchill, will not only be the assistant manager of Livi, he will also be a registered Livi player and will be eligible to play as soon as clearance is received following his departure from Thai Premier League outfit ESAN United.
Livi chief executive Ged Nixon, speaking after the announcement, told the official club website: “Richie and Mark impressed us hugely during our recent recruitment process and we are absolutely delighted to have both on board. We see them as the ideal candidates to take forward our hopes and aspirations for the future – to develop our own quality young players and deliver an attractive and successful team at first team level.
“Richie has worked closely with the club since last summer when he arrived to take up a post with the Livingston Youth Foundation and he has extensive coaching experience from his time in the USA. Mark is at an earlier stage in his coaching career, but has all the attributes required to make a successful transition from playing into management. As his hometown club, we are delighted to give him an opportunity to start that journey.
“Most importantly, they both share our philosophy in how the game should be played, and from that perspective, they’ll build on the strong foundations we already have in place at Livingston.”
Burke and Burchill’s first game in charge will be Wednesday night’s game against Hamilton Accies, and will immediately look to put Saturday’s 6-1 demolition at the hands of title contenders Partick Thistle behind them.