Livingston: David Martindale deemed fit and proper by SFA

By Kheredine IdessaneBBC Scotland
'I've earned the right to be passed fit and proper'

Livingston manager David Martindale has been deemed a fit and proper person after a Scottish FA hearing.

Martindale previously spent three-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty in 2004 to being involved with organised crime.

Since taking over as Livingston manager earlier this season, his side have won nine, drawn two, and reached the Scottish League Cup final.

The 46-year-old's case was heard by the Professional Game Board on Tuesday.

"I'd like to thank every single person on social media, the fans, pundits and media, for their support," said Martindale.

"I'm delighted that the SFA has given me a chance to progress my career with Livingston."

Martindale has previously been unsuccessful in the process and has spoken openly about his conviction and time spent in prison more than a decade ago.

Each year, clubs provide the SFA with an 'official return' that lists directors and other officials. Member clubs also have to notify of any changes to the most recent official return.

After viewing his interview on Football Focus, Professor Phil Scraton wrote to the SFA in support of Martindale. Scraton is professor emeritus of law at Queen's University Belfast and sat on the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Livingston MP Hannah Bardell has written to SFA president Rod Petrie in support of Martindale and Kilmarnock boss Alex Dyer has backed his fellow Scottish Premiership manager, saying he deserves a second chance.

"It's still a massive regret," added Martindale. "I put a lot of people through a massive negative experience. My wife, my son.

"So although you can sit here now and feel proud that you're the Livingston manager, I won't let myself dwell on that. I'll always remember where I've been and what I've done because I think that's important that you don't forget.

"Addiewell Prison for men have been in touch recently and they want me to go in and speak about my rehabilitation. If that can help one individual, surely that's a good thing and I'm more than open to doing that."