Former Scotland midfielder Gary Holt named new Falkirk manager

Gary Holt is the new Falkirk boss, replacing Steven Pressley.
Gary Holt is the new Falkirk boss, replacing Steven Pressley.SNS Group

Gary Holt has been named the new manager of First Division side Falkirk.

His first game in charge will be the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian next weekend.

The former Scotland midfielder has left his job as Norwich City’s Head of Professional development to take on the role.

He replaces Steven Pressley, who departed for Coventry City last month.

"It's an exciting move for me," Holt told Falkirk's official website. "I've worked under some good managers and learned a lot.

"I was particularly attracted to the infrastructure and academy setup at Falkirk and working with good, young players. It may be a cliché but I agree with the sentiments that if you are good enough, then you are old enough."

Holt started his career with Kilmarnock helping the club win the Scottish Cup in 1997.

He won the first of ten Scotland caps against Latvia in September 2000.His only international goal came against Trinidad and Tobago in May 20004.

After helping Norwich City reach the Premier League, Holt went on to play for Nottingham Forest and Wycombe Wanderers.

Canaries boss Chris Hughton said of Holt's departure: “I’d like to thank Gary for all his hard work for the club and myself and everyone at Norwich City wishes him all the very best for this exciting new challenge at Falkirk.”

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