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Livingston sack manager Proctor

Mark Proctor
Proctor's side finished seventh in Scotland's Division One

Mark Proctor has been sacked as manager of Livingston - the day after an Italian consortium bought a controlling stake in the First Division club.

Proctor had feared for his post after owner Pearse Flynn sold his shares to a group of businessmen, headed by Angelo Massone, on Monday.

And he told BBC Sport: "I'm obviously disappointed, but it was always a possibility with new investors.

"They have decided that they want to bring their own man in."

Proctor had arrived at Livingston just over a year ago after a spell as coach with Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League.

The former Darlington assistant manager had moved on shortly after Tony Mowbray, who had brought him to Easter Road, became manager of West Brom.

Proctor's Livingston side finished in a disappointing seventh place in Division One, but he stressed that they were hampered by a ban on making new signings.

The West Lothian outfit had the embargo placed on them by the Scottish Football League following a pay-off dispute with former defender Emmanuel Dorado.

"I enjoyed my first year, although it was a difficult one with the transfer embargo," said Proctor.

"I learned a lot and was looking forward to the second year and moving the club forward."

"It is the first time I've been out of work," added Proctor.

"But I am an optimist and hopefully something is just round the corner."

Proctor had been told he would remain in charge of the team for next season after a proposed deal for entrepreneur Anthony McMullen to buy a 50% stake in the club fell through in April.

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The Irish businessman had wanted to bring in former Carlisle United boss Roddy Collins as a general manager.

However, Proctor has become the casualty of the latest, successful bid.

A statement on the club website reads: "Today, Mark Proctor and Curtis Fleming were relieved of their duties as football manager and assistant football manager respectively as per their agreements with the previous owners of the club."


see also
Italians conclude Livi takeover
02 Jun 08 |  Livingston
Livi will re-enter player market
07 May 08 |  Livingston
Livingston investment plan is off
29 Apr 08 |  Livingston
Kyles steps down from Livi post
21 Apr 08 |  Livingston
McMullen buys stake in Livingston
14 Apr 08 |  Livingston
Livingston blocked on transfers
21 May 07 |  Livingston
Proctor takes over at Livingston
22 May 07 |  Livingston


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