David Hopkin steps down as Livingston manager

Livingston have confirmed manager David Hopkin is leaving the club after rejecting an offer of a new contract.

Hopkin, who was on a one-year deal, has led Livingston to back-to-back promotions, guiding them from League One to the Premiership.

The former Scotland international has decided not to renew his contract amid interest from other clubs, leaving assistant David Martindale to take temporary charge at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

“The club has been assessing other candidates in the knowledge that David would potentially move on,” Livingston said in a statement.

“[The club] will take time to consider these options. In the meantime [first-team coach] David Martindale will take charge of football affairs.”

Sky Sports News understands St Mirren – who also won promotion from the Scottish Championship this season – are one of the teams interested in Hopkin, as they search for a replacement for Jack Ross.

“David is aware of the speculation around other positions, and although he has been open and transparent and not accepted any other role at this time, he feels that the longer this continues the more it will undermine the success that he and the coaching staff have achieved,” Livingston added in their statement.

“His decision is not the consequence of an unacceptable offer or budget, but is based purely on personal circumstances. Which we fully respect and acknowledge.

“We would like to put on record our deep gratitude for David’s efforts in guiding us back to the Premiership, and wish him well whatever the outcome of his future talks.”