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Livi to retain full-time status


McDougall was upset at the rejection of Livingston's appeal

Livingston will remain a full-time club despite being demoted two divisions for breaching insolvency rules.

Club chairman Gordon McDougall told BBC Scotland: "We will continue on a full-time basis. We are committed to saving the club. That will happen regardless.

"We're disappointed at the decision, but the important thing is that we now get on with playing football."

Having lost their appeal to the Scottish FA, it is unlikely that Livi will pursue the matter further.

That decision, however, has yet to be ratified by the new board.

"My feeling is that we'll just have to settle for where we are," said McDougall. "It's not going to make any difference to the playing of football."

On Monday, a three-man SFA panel under the chairmanship of Lord MacLean upheld the decision to demote the troubled club from the First to the Third Division.

The subsequent loss of revenue will be keenly felt at the West Lothian club, but McDougall says the club simply have to honour the contracts.

If ever we needed the support of the people of Livingston, it's now

Livingston chairman Gordon McDougall

"Livingston are full-time. That is something that we have picked up," he said.

"It is something we can't get out of even if we wanted to find a way out of the contracts.

"We spoke to players and gave them the opportunity to find clubs, to be fair to the players when there was indecision over whether we would win the appeal or not.

"Unfortunately, none of the players were able to find clubs - just a sign of the times in Scottish football."

And the chairman made a plea to the fans to show their support for the club.

"It's a professional football club," said McDougall. "We live off the commercial aspects and primarily off the gates.

"If ever we needed the support of the people of Livingston, it's now.

"I would plead with them to come out and support the football club.

"We will do our best to make sure that the team on the park in time performs the way they want them to perform. There will be no financial problems.

"All the things that have happened in the past won't happen again. This club will move forward now."

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see also
Livi lose appeal against the drop
07 Sep 09 |  Livingston
Livi to play and fight relegation
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Livi future is secured - McDougall
13 Aug 09 |  Scotland
Dundee back Livi's appeal to SFL
11 Aug 09 |  Dundee
Call-off costs Shire and Barclay
10 Aug 09 |  East Stirlingshire
Airdrie to finance new signings
10 Aug 09 |  Airdrie United
SFL postpones Livi game at Shire
08 Aug 09 |  Scottish League
Livi relegated to Division Three
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