Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has worked with Arsenal icon Arsene Wenger – but it’s the tune of Livingston manager David Martindale he is singing to now.
The Livi boss has had a sensational start to life as manager at the Lions, unbeaten in 10, winning eight of the matches. Arsenal academy product Emmanuel-Thomas scored on Wednesday as they drew 2-2 with Celtic.
Speaking ahead of a League Cup semi-final bout with St Mirren, the striker would love to win a trophy for his boss, comparing Wenger and Martindale: “Davie is a lot more vocal. A lot more hands on.
“Arsene Wenger was more a mind person and would speak with you personally. Close contact where no-one else could hear what he was saying. Whereas Davie, if he spoke now from his office, we’d hear him on the pitch.
“But Arsene Wenger was not the voice at Arsenal, Pat Rice was the voice. Each person has their voice. Foxy (Liam Fox, assistant manager) has come in and he seems to be the more hands-on, speak-to person and Davie is the voice, so it’s a good balance which helps the boys.
“It’d be great for Davie to go on and lift a trophy. He seems to enjoy it here and the boys are performing for him, so I couldn’t see anything changing anytime soon. Sunday is a great occasion.
“Obviously, before I came here, I didn’t know a lot about the whole cup situation and going to Hampden but I’ve now come to terms with what it means for the club and what a great occasion it would be again to reach the final.
“Everyone is looking forward to it. I won an FA Youth Cup final at Arsenal. I played in a play-off semi-final when I went to Cardiff. When I moved to Bristol, we won the league and also the Johnstone Paints Trophy at Wembley.
“Walking up the steps to collect the trophy is great and hopefully after a win on Sunday we can get to the final and have that feeling here.”
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