Falkirk have appointed former Livingston manager Gary Holt as their new sporting director.

Holt achieved great success during his time in West Lothian, keeping the Lions in the Premiership in two consecutive seasons, the latter of which he achieved an excellent fifth place finish in.

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)

But he left the Lions in late 2020 after a poor run of form, stating that he had taken Livingston as far as he could. Now he returns to football in an upstairs role, becoming Falkirk’s sporting director.

Alan Gow had previously held this position. It’s a return to the Bairns for Holt, who will be well known to Falkirk supporters, having managed the club in the 2013/14 season. He also brings significant knowledge of youth football from his Norwich City coaching role.

Holt said: “It’s great to be back at Falkirk and I’m really excited to get started.  Falkirk has always held a special place in my heart for giving me my big break in management.  I feel there’s a bit of unfinished business here.

22/02/14 SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP.FALKIRK v QUEEN OF THE SOUTH.FALKIRK STADIUM - WESTFIELD.Falkirk manager Gary Holt applauds his side's efforts

Previously Bairns boss.(Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I’m going to devote all my energies in getting this club back to the Scottish Premiership.  I’ve learned much in my time away from the club and I’m ready to put that into action.  The Board have set out to me a compelling vision for the return of a youth and talent development pipeline and the need to develop a five-year football strategy which ensures that all departments, from recruitment to sport science and analysis, are all working in harmony.

“We want to squeeze every last ounce out of the resources we have here and I am confident we can be successful. In Lee Miller & David McCracken we have two excellent young coaches who have got this team to the top of the league – let’s not forget that.

“I’m here to be additive to what they are doing and to be another experienced voice they can turn to.  Let me be clear – I’m not here to be the next Falkirk manager – I’m here to make sure we have the right environment and infrastructure to ensure that Lee & David can succeed and get this club moving forward again.”

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Moving forward. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Chairman Gary Deans added “We interviewed a number of very high quality candidates who all expressed the sentiment that this was a fantastic opportunity at a club with genuine ambition and enormous potential – but Gary was our unanimous choice.

“In Gary we have a candidate who ticks all the boxes in terms of youth development experience, football knowledge, recruitment contacts and all the other attributes which are required at a modern and progressive football club.

“Added to that we’ve seen Gary demonstrate a real desire to drive change and push for excellence in everything he does – that made him the unanimous choice of the Board and our new investors for this role.”

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