Falkirk co-managers David McCracken and Lee Miller say the appointment of former Norwich City and Livingston man Gary Holt as sporting director shows ambition at the League One club.
The ex-Livi boss makes his return to the Falkirk Stadium in an upstairs role. He left the Bairns in 2014 as Norwich City came calling with a first-team coaching position, where he has also worked as a player and in youth development, staying for two years before becoming Livingston boss in 2018.
He resigned in late 2020 after keeping the Lions in the Premiership in two consecutive seasons, the latter of which he finished 5th in. Now back at the Bairns as they look to move back into the Championship, McCracken and Miler are thrilled.
They say it’s great for them as young coaches: “We’re really looking forward to working with Gary and he is someone we both know well. The Board has been completely open with us as they’ve gone through their selection process and encouraged our involvement.
“We recognise that there’s much we can learn from him as young coaches but also being able to tap into his extensive network of contacts. This is a really exciting time for Falkirk Football Club and like everyone else we’re just eager to get back playing with our eyes firmly focused on a successful end to the season.”
It’s caught the imagination of fans too, many hailing the appointment of the Norwich City favourite as a good one, Holt stating he has a ‘five-year’ plan for the Bairns.
Welcome back, Gary!
Now, bring Sibbs, home. 🙂
— David Hamilton (@DJHamilton13) January 14, 2021
Welcome back to the club Gary! Hopefully the wealth of experience with Norwich’s academy bodes well with a return of our own youth development programme
— Lewis Hoggan (@lewfal) January 14, 2021
Hope it works out well. Top man who did a great job at Livi. One of life’s good guys.
— John Flannelly 💙 (@JohnFlannelly) January 14, 2021
Cracking news. Wish him all the best. He was amazing at livi and is an honest hard working guy. Credit to any club. Best of luck Gary xx
— Claire💕 (@Claire_1314) January 14, 2021
A bolt out of the blue to say the least, but that tells me he likes what he has/is seeing and hearing from club, big thumbs up from me 👍👍#COYB 😁
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown908) January 14, 2021
Welcome back 💙 #COYB
— Scott (@ScottFFC95) January 14, 2021
Good appointment. Turned our young lads in to steely players before. Good luck Gary 👍 #coyb
— Phil Rt. Honoursson 🏴🇪🇺(😱🇬🇧👎) (@ho_ho77) January 14, 2021
Well I certainly didn't see that coming 👍
— dougymanson (@dougymanson) January 14, 2021