Livingston Director of Football Operations David Martindale has praised former manager Gary Holt’s character after he decided to leave the club.

Holt left the club on Thursday after two successful seasons with Livingston.

However, Martindale, who will take charge of the team for the game with Ayr United in the Betfred Cup on Saturday, has nothing but praise for how Holt handled the situation.

“He could have sat here”

“I think its testament to Gary. He could have sat here to the end of the season, he could have sat here to January a wee bit unhappy, and took his wages” Martindale said.

Former Livingston manager Gary Holt

Former Livingston manager Gary Holt (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“In the pandemic when there’s not a lot of work going about, I think it speaks volumes for Gary and the man he is. I think it’s a very, very brave decision but a very, very honest decision. You don’t see a lot of that in football” he concluded.

Showed an attitude not prevalent in football

Holt showed an attitude that is not prevalent in football these days in the method of his departure. He felt that he wasn’t doing a good enough job, and resigned.

Gary Holt did a good job at Livingston

Gary Holt did a good job at Livingston (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

That is a very noble thing to do, especially in the middle of a pandemic when people are struggling. Martindale highlighted this in his comments, and he is correct to do so.

Holt can look back on two highly successful years at Livingston. He can also be proud of the way he handled his exit from the club. As Martindale says, it does indeed speak volumes for the man.


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