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SHOCK AS HOLT QUITS LIVI

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GARY HOLT has sensationally quit as Gary Holt has quit as manager of Livingston – after only two years in charge.

The 47-year-old former Norwich City gaffer left his post at the West Lothian outfit after considering his future following the 1-0 loss at home to St Mirren on Saturday.

The defeat left the club tenth in the Premiership, having finished fifth last season.

Holt, speaking to STV, said: “This is not a decision that I have taken lightly, but feel it is the right time for me to step away.

“I am proud to say the work we have done over the past two years has resulted in great success both on and off the pitch.”

David Martindale, head of football operations, and Tony Caig, the goalkeeping coach, will take charge when Livingston play Ayr United in the Betfred League Cup on Saturday.

Martindale said: “It’s been a tough season and we are probably a victim of our own success in comparison to last season, which ultimately raised everyone’s expectations including players along with all staff at the club.

“So, when we don’t quite hit those heights again it can feel like something needs to change and I totally understand Gary’s thought process.

“Gary can leave Livingston knowing he has left us in a better place than when he arrived. Has Gary helped improve Livingston FC? That’s a simple one to answer – 100 per cent yes.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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