Hegarty set for Livingston post

By Graeme Macleod

PAUL Hegarty will be unveiled as the new manager of Livingston FC this afternoon, according to BBC Sport Scotland.

The former Dundee United and Aberdeen boss is set to succeed Italian Roberto Landi, who was sacked after Saturday’s shock defeat to East Stirling in the Scottish Cup.

He said: “It’s a job that appeals to me, and one that I am looking forward to taking on.”

But the impending appointment has failed to excite the Livinston faithful. Peter Glasgow, secretary of the Livi Lions Supporters’ Club told Dunedin Napier News: “Paul Hegarty’s record doesn’t immediately inspire confidence but the fans will get behind him.

“Good luck to him and hopefully he can get a result on Saturday.”

After being bought over in the summer and making a positive start to the season, Livingston now sit fifth in the First Division. They won only one of their last seven league games before Landi’s dismissal.

Glasgow added: “It doesn’t surprise me that Landi was sacked as this seems to be the mentality of the new owners. But it is disappoiting that we are back on the managerial merry-go-round when we were looking for a bit of consistency.”

“Hopefully we can consolidate in the First Division this season. We will see what players we have come January and it will be interesting to see what sort of transfer budget Paul Hegarty gets.”

Hegarty has been out of football since leaving Motherwell in June 2007 after serving as assistant manager to Maurice Malpas. More recently, he has been working as a scout for Scotland boss George Burley.

He is expected to sign an 18-month contract. His first game in charge of fifth-placed Livi will be this weekend’s league fixture at home against Dundee.

Meanwhile, Livingston defender James McPake has agreed a pre-contract with Coventry City. The 24-year-old will join the English Championship club at the end of the season.