Hibs coach Mark Proctor named new manager of Livingston!!!

Last updated : 23 May 2007 By Steve Forbes

Hibs coach Mark Proctor was today unveiled as the new manager of Livingston FC, something WE revealed would happen, first on the 9th of May. (see link below)


Proctor arrived at Hibs as first team coach under then manager Tony Mowbray and his assistant Mark Venus.

The former
Middlesbrough player then found himself thrust into the spot light, when Mowbray and Venus took over West Brom in November, Proctor was put in temporary charge of team affairs with youth coach John Park.

Proctor and Park took charge of the first team for two games, a 4-0 away win at
Dunfermline and a 2-1 loss to Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Livingston owner Pearse Flynn contacted Tony Mowbray about Proctor and was given a glowing report, something that apparently tipped the job in his favour.

Proctor was obviously delighted to land his first management job and told the Edinburgh Evening News:

"I've always wanted to become a manager in my own right and the games when John [Park] and myself were in charge gave me a taste for it.

"To be involved in that was really good and I enjoyed it and hopefully I can now make the most of this opportunity at Livingston.

"The club struggled last season when they had great aspirations of coming up, which did not materialise.

"It's important that we try and get out of this division as quickly as possible but the First Division is going to be a really tough league next season, particularly with Dunfermline coming down.

"It's going to be very tough but I've wanted to be a manager for some time now.

"I left England to come from assistant at Darlington to first-team coach at Hibs under Tony. When John [Collins] was appointed he brought Tommy with him, which I understood, but I then moved sideways to work with the reserves and that wasn't really for me.

"It is no secret that I wanted to manage a club myself, after building a great deal of coaching experience.

"I like the set-up at Livingston, we have some good players, although we shall be strengthening again this summer.

"I am delighted that the club was impressed by my ideas for the team and the coaching set-up and I just can't wait to get started in the job."


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