He’ll kick up a fuss if he isn’t appointed gaffer – but David Martindale has reiterated that he’ll do what’s best for Livingston after another win.
Martindale made it two wins from two in interim charge of the Lions. A 4-0 League Cup win over Ayr United was followed up by a 2-0 Premiership victory over Dundee United on Saturday.
Usually Head of Football Operations and Assistant Manager at Livingston, Martindale says the club’s board knows how he feels about taking on the manager’s role.
“I’ve said to the club that I would like the job and would be delighted to get it but if they see me staying in my current role I’m more than happy to do that,” said Martindale.
“I want to do what’s right for the club, this club has been unbelievable for me so whatever the club’s decide I’ll go along with.
“If results like this don’t work in your favour, you need to get rid of the chief executive and chairman. I’d need to start a protest. Robert (Wilson, chairman) and John (Ward, CEO) know how I feel and whatever they want me to do I’m happy to do it.
“We left it on Monday last week and said we were more than comfortable with what the team is doing just now. The next step is probably Robert and John approaching me and telling me where they are in the process but I do know we’re not in any great rush.
“We could probably keep it like this until Christmas if we’re still winning games of football. It saves another wage. I’m a big believer in continuity in football so hopefully that works in my favour – but it should still be there even if they bring someone else in.”
On the win against Dundee United, Martindale added: “I thought the boys were brilliant. In the first 25 minutes I thought both teams were having a go at each other then from then on I thought we dominated with our style.
“I don’t think they created that much and I told the boys at half-time to keep doing what they’re doing. The work rate was brilliant. The boys worked hard but they’re under no illusions how hard they need to work to win games. This is the Premiership, the harder you work, the luckier you get.
“And the clean sheet was the most pleasing aspect. I said at half-time if we kept the clean sheet, we’d win the game. It’s coming from the front now, you’re not just relying on your defenders and Marvin Bartley. You can see the work ethic right through the team.”