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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 November, 2004, 12:16 GMT
Gough named Livingston boss
Gough and Knox are paraded at Almondvale
Gough and Knox are paraded at Almondvale
Richard Gough has been confirmed as the new manager of Livingston.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender was presented to the media on Tuesday morning, following last week's sacking of Allan Preston.

Archie Knox, assistant manager at Rangers while Gough was a player, will be his number two. Alex Cleland will continue as reserve team coach.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me to demonstrate my capabilities as a manager," said Gough.

"I watched Livingston at Rugby Park last weekend and look forward to working with the team firstly as we seek to improve the club's league position, and also to plan ahead and strengthen the squad for this season and next."

In Knox, Gough believes he has already made a valuable addition to the Livingston set-up.

"I think I have made my most important signing in Archie Knox, he will be the best I'll make at this club," added Gough.

"With his experience he will keep me on the right road and I'm sure we can do well.

"I'm really looking forward to it and I'll give it the same 120% that I did when I was a player and I hope I have half the success as manager that I had when I was playing."

Knox himself was "absolutely delighted" when Gough asked him to assist at Livingston.

Richard is extremely ambitious to succeed in management.
Prospective Livingston owner Pearse Flynn
"I've been on gardening leave recently and so I'd much rather be doing coaching than that," he said.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead and I think they have a decent squad of players here.

"I've seen the team on a couple of occasions recently and our aim is to help them climb up the league."

Prospective club owner Pearse Flynn welcomed Gough's appointment.

"Richard Gough was a player of unparalleled leadership strengths," he said.

"He achieved great success on the field and is now extremely ambitious to succeed in management.

"We are excited by his ideas and expect that his appointment will have a strong and positive impact on the club's fortunes."

Gough, who has recently been based in the USA, retired from playing in 2001 after two years with Everton and has no coaching experience.

Gough's long playing career started at Dundee United, after which he played for Tottenham Hotspur, Rangers, Kansas City and San Jose Clash before moving to Goodison Park.

Livingston sack manager Preston
25 Nov 04 |  Livingston
New chief appoints Preston
04 Jun 04 |  Livingston

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