Falkirk appoint Gary Holt as head coach

Gary Holt watched from the stand at Almondvale on Tuesday evening as Falkirk ran out 2-1 winners against Livingston.
Gary Holt watched from the stand at Almondvale on Tuesday evening as Falkirk ran out 2-1 winners against Livingston.

Falkirk have unveiled Gary Holt as their new head coach.

The 40-year-old former Scotland midfielder met with Bairns players this morning at the club’s Stirling training base before sitting down for a press conference alongside chairman Martin Ritchie and technical director Alex Smith.

He will officially begin his job on Monday and his first game in charge will be the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian at Hampden Park on April 13.

The Falkirk Herald revealed yesterday evening that Holt, who enjoyed a successful playing career with Kilmarnock, Norwich City and Nottingham Forrest, was set to take charge at Westfield.

He replaces Steven Pressley, who quit Falkirk to become Coventry City manager last month.

Holt, who grew up in Ayrshire, has extensive experience of working with young players and was head of professional development at Norwich City’s academy for the past three years.

An exclusive interview with the new Falkirk head coach, in which he explains his ambitions for the club, will appear in tomorrow’s edition of The Falkirk Herald.