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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 June, 2003, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Livi appoint Brazilian head coach
New Livi head coach Marcio Maximo
New Livi head coach Marcio Maximo
Livingston have become the first Scottish club to appoint a Brazilian head coach.

Marcio Maximo will take charge of first-team affairs as soon as he receives a work permit from the Department of Education and Employment.

The 40-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the option of an extension as he replaces Jim Leishman, who is taking on a more ambassadorial role at the club.

"I'm very proud to come here to give my contribution to Scottish football," he said on Thursday.

"Challenges are part of life and you have to adapt for any challenge. Livingston is one more for me."

Leishman's right-hand man Davie Hay will assist Maximo with first-team affairs, but the bulk of the coaching will be conducted by the Brazilian and coach Allan Preston.

Maximo has just completed a three-year spell as technical director for the Grand Cayman Islands and rejected the offer of a 10-year extension to move to Scotland.

He comes highly rated having nurtured World Cup winners Ronaldo and Manchester United target Ronaldinho during his time as coach of Brazil's under-17 and under-20 sides.

Maximo said that working with the younger players at Livingston was a particular attraction.

Maximo added: "I believe in youth players. I worked with Ronaldo in Brazil and you can't put your focus only on the senior team. We are professional and we need to work professionally to bring success here."

New Livingston boss Marcio Maximo
"It's a great challenge for me"

Livi chairman Dominic Keane
"We're looking forward to the new season already"


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