David McCracken says the appointment of former Livingston manager and Norwich City coach Gary Holt as sporting director is a positive one for Falkirk.

The Bairns return to action this weekend against Montrose, having been without football since January following League One’s shutdown. They have still been busy in this period off the park, bringing former manager Holt in behind the scenes after a coaching role with Norwich City and most recently first-team management with Livingston.

Gary Holt has been in the senior coaching game with Livingston and Norwich City.

Gary Holt has been in the senior coaching game with Livingston and Norwich City. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

He’ll work on things like long-term strategy and transfers, Bairns midfielder Gary Miller embracing the appointment from a players perspective: “Most people through Scottish football have an awareness of him.

“We’ve had a few chats and he has watched training and things like that. It can only benefit the club and help the club do better. Players are here to play and the rest of it is over and above us. I have never worked in a sporting director structure before, maybe with Carlisle United, but our job is to provide on the park.”

Co-managers Lee Miller and McCracken have worked with Holt as players, the latter saying the former Norwich City man is already making a difference: “Both myself and Lee know Gary previously. I had him here as my manager and Lee worked under him at Livingston so there was already a relationship there.

Falkirk co-managers Lee Miller and David McCracken

Falkirk co-managers Lee Miller and David McCracken (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He has a vast amount of experience. It’s a positive move for the club to take us forward. I am sure over the next few weeks and months you will begin to see things that are going to help the club in years to come. Gary has already helped us with a few things.

“That’s in terms of sourcing players and looking to next season. He is working on a bigger strategy which is helping us. It’s helping us concentrate on the team and preparation for the next game. We speak daily and he’s putting little points in to help us, which is great.”

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