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David Martindale: Livingston boss named Scottish Premiership manager of month for November

Livingston are fourth in the Scottish Premiership after dropping just two points in November; David Martindale last won the award in January 2021; Livingston return to action after the World Cup break on December 17 against bottom side Dundee United

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Livingston's David Martindale reflects on being named the Scottish Premiership manager of the month award for November.

Livingston boss David Martindale has been named the Scottish Premiership manager of the month for November.

The club are fourth in the Scottish Premiership - two points behind Aberdeen - after an impressive run of results which saw them beat Kilmarnock and the Dons before a draw at Hearts.

In their last six matches, Martindale's side have lost just once - a 3-0 defeat against Celtic - which came after an impressive 1-1 draw against Rangers at Ibrox.

Livingston have picked up seven wins from their 15 matches played this season as they look to better their seventh-place finish in the last campaign.

Martindale, who last won the award in January 2021, said: "I'm absolutely delighted to receive this award as it's always special to be recognised for the club's success.

"As everyone knows, this is most definitely a collective award and only possible because of the work put in by all the staff and players at the club.

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Highlights of Livingston's eventful win over Kilmarnock which kicked-off an impressive run of results in November

"There is a huge amount of work that goes on by everyone behind the scenes, which often goes unrecognised at most football clubs and we're no different, so I'm really pleased that we've all been recognised for the success that that has helped achieve on the park.

"I'm delighted and proud to be the one who will receive this award on behalf of everyone else at the football club as, like I say, it's most definitely a collective achievement."

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Image: Martindale (right) says he will not take over from Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Rangers

Livingston's form has seen Martindale, a boyhood Rangers supporter, loosely linked with the vacancy but the 48-year-old has laughed off those suggestions and instead backed QPR boss Michael Beale for the vacancy.

"It won't be me," he said. "Nobody's been in touch, and I don't envisage anybody being in touch.

"I don't want to speak out of turn because it's not my place to talk about other clubs and other managers but I think Michael would be a great fit for Rangers.

"That's up to Michael Beale and Rangers Football Club, not David Martindale.

"Would that be a good fit? Probably but I don't know more than you do.

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"I'm a big advocate for British managers. I think someone with a knowledge of British football (is preferable).

"It's easy to be a bit more clever and go down the foreign route, and I think Ange Postecoglou has been a fantastic signing for Celtic, but I think there's a correlation between Australian and British football culture.

"Sometimes I think you can bring a foreign coach in and it can be difficult. There's a lot of talent in the UK market, though I am slightly biased being a Scottish manager.

"Would I like to see Michael get the job over a foreign manager? Yes, I would, but that's just my personal preference. I think there's a lot of talent in Scotland. I see Sean Dyche has been linked and he's another fantastic talent.

"I like to see progression within the British game and I think there's a lot to be said for hiring someone with knowledge of the players and knowledge of Scottish football."

Confirmed Scottish Premiership fixtures live on Sky Sports

The Scottish Premiership resumes on December 15 following a break for the World Cup with nine games scheduled over the coming weeks.

Sky Sports will show up to 48 live matches from the top flight, plus five Scottish Women's Premier League ties including the Sky Sports Cup final between Rangers and Hibernian on December 11.

Sunday December 11: Rangers Women vs Hibernian Women (Sky Sports Cup final), kick-off 12.30pm

Thursday December 15: Rangers vs Hibernian, kick-off 8pm

Saturday December 17: Aberdeen vs Celtic, kick-off 12.30pm

Tuesday December 20: Aberdeen vs Rangers, kick-off 8pm

Friday December 23: Ross County vs Rangers, kick-off 7.30pm

Wednesday December 28: Hibernian vs Celtic, kick-off 8pm

Monday January 2: Rangers vs Celtic, kick-off 12.30pm

Sunday January 8: Motherwell vs Hibernian, kick-off 1.30pm

Sunday January 8: Dundee United vs Rangers, kick-off 4pm

Wednesday January 18: Kilmarnock v Rangers, kick-off 8pm

Scottish Premiership & SWPL on Sky Sports

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All the details from Hampden Park after it was announced Sky Sports will broadcast more Scottish football than ever before including the Scottish Women's Premier League for the first time

Sky Sports - This season up to 48 cinch Premiership games will be available across Sky Sports' flagship channels, including Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event, plus at least five SWPL matches. From 2024/25, up to 60 cinch Premiership will be live on Sky Sports, in addition to the SWPL.

Sky Sports News - Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Scottish football fans can enjoy Sky Sports News' (channel 409) rolling editorial coverage of the cinch Premiership and SWPL throughout the season.

Sky Sports Digital - Follow all the latest from Scottish football across skysports.com and app, including exclusive features and interviews, plus dedicated live blog coverage, in-game clips from matches live on Sky Sports and free highlights.

Sky Sports Social - Alongside coverage and visibility for the league across all Sky Sports' main social media channels, the bespoke Twitter channel @ScotlandSky will continue to be the home of all Scottish football content on Sky Sports.

Highlights show - Tune in for a dedicated round-up from the cinch Premiership every week on Sky Sports Football.

To download the Sky Sports app click here, to visit Sky Sports website click here.

Sky Sports is the home of domestic football in the UK and Ireland, with more than 400 games per season across the SPFL, SWPL, Premier League, WSL, and EFL.

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