Thursday 12 September 2013

Managerial Merry Go Round

Only a few weeks into the season the first casualty that I am aware of has taken place. Richie Burke of Livingston has left the club citing personal reasons to be replaced by the highly experienced and respected ex Raith Rovers and Hearts manager John McGlynn. Burke was only appointed in March but this season, after 4 league games, Livingston sit bottom of the Championship with one point after losing three games and drawing one, shipping 10 goals to only 3 scored in the 3 all draw with Queen of the South. In the League Cup they have done somewhat better beating Elgin and Airdrie to earn a home tie against Motherwell later this month. This was a position that some Livi fans were touting Bill Reid for but somehow I can’t see Billy being tempted to join a club, which has had 5 managers in just over 18 months. John McGlynn is certainly credited by most Raith fans as having turned the team around earning them promotion from old Division Two so expect Accies to come up against a well organised Livingston team that will be difficult to break down and score against. Couldn't they have waited until after we had played them!  Who’s next?  Well an Accies win against Dundee must put a bit of pressure on John Brown whose squad is certainly expected to be challenging for the title. Or will it be Danny Lennon of Premiership St Mirren?

1 comment:

  1. Burke's departure is an Interesting development which I spotted while researching my pre-match piece for Saturday. (Research, I hear you exclaim?) I do hope he wasn't sacked after such a short time, but suspect he was. How can an individual be judged over such a brief term in charge? It's nonsense. More plausible is that he just didn't fit what the Livingston owners wanted, or possibly he could see no solution to their current plight. I'm sure Livvy will be more dangerous to Accies with McGlynn, but at what financial cost, and to whom?

    Danny Lennon's situation illustrates the competition hierarchy in that survival in the top flight is all important. I'm sure St Mirren enjoyed their cup success last spring but the current uncertainty hovering over the manager's position places things in perspective. What would we give to be in their shoes, though, with a Hampden cup final success to look back on? So, assuming DL goes, Billy for Paisley and reunited with Jim Goodwin?