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Former Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose gets coaching role at Scottish Club Livingston

Former Super Eagles defender Efe Ambrose has been handed coaching role at Scottish Premiership club Livingston.

Ambrose will serve as the club’s new assistant reserve team manager alongside goalkeeper Gary Maley.

Marvin Bartley has been named the new reserve team manager.

The trio will take over from Stevie Pittman and Derek McWilliams who departed the club back in June this year.

Ambrose Efe linked up with Livingston just a few weeks before the 2019/20 season ended abruptly after going over a year without playing a competitive football following a January 2019 exit from Hibernian.

“Efe & Stretch are two massive characters but in all seriousness, they both bring their own high level of expertise. Stretch has been a goalkeeper for a long time and he’s now passing on that experience to the younger goalkeepers at the club and Efe has played at the absolute highest level so to have him involved is absolutely brilliant for us and the boys will love working with him,” reads a statement on the club’s website.

Head of Football Operations David Martindale said: “For me, when I spoke to Marv originally back in 2019, part of the excitement about joining Livingston was always to get Marv involved at some level of coaching at the club. He expressed that desire to do so when we first met.

“The pandemic has probably fast tracked the opportunity in all honesty as Stevie, Derek and Marv were working very well together with the reserves last season.

“Marv is a highly infectious character who is full of positivity and has the endeavour and desire to get into management. His footballing knowledge is fantastic and I’m honestly delighted that we as a club have been able to offer Marvin the opportunity.

“Stretch & Efe are more than capable and they will bring a variety of skills to assist Marv. Both fantastic individuals and professionals in their own right.

“All 3 of the guys are very different but collectively they will do fantastically well in my opinion.

“I’m delighted that we can call the trio our reserve management team – the lads at the reserves couldn’t be in any better hands.”

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