New Livingston manager David Martindale says that the team’s goal remains the same despite their recent good run of form – that is to survive in the Scottish Premiership.

Livingston have won all four games since Martindale took over as caretaker manager when Gary Holt resigned. That has led to Martindale getting the job on a permanent basis.

Only focusing on survival

However, despite reaching the last four of the Betfred Cup, Martindale is only focusing on Premiership survival.

“The deal suits everybody. At the end of the day, if I signed a three-year contract, and we got relegated, I wouldn’t be here” he said (Daily Record).

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Livingston manager David Martindale’s goal is survival this season (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Our objective, even when Gary (Holt) was here, was to stay in the Premiership – and that objective isn’t going to change. So, come the end of the season, if we’ve not achieved our objective, I’ll not be here. I’ll be the first one to walk out. I wouldn’t put the club in that position” Martindale said.

At the moment, Livingston are five points clear of bottom of the league Ross County. They are four points clear of the play-off spot currently held by Hamilton.

Understandable from new manager

Until Livingston get more points on the board, Martindale and Livingston’s objective is understandable. They will be out to get as many good results as possible until mathematically safety is secured.

David Martindale is currently in charge of Livingston

David Martindale was recently appointed Livingston manager (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Martindale’s first game in charge as permanent manager takes place later this evening. They take on Hamilton, in what is a big game towards the bottom of the table. A win for Livingston would move them seven points clear of Hamilton, which is a more than handy lead.

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