New Falkirk boss Gary Holt thanks mentor Paul Lambert as he lands role

Bairns manager credits Lambert for helping him get in to coaching.

Gary Holt, Falkirk manager, April 2013.
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New Falkirk boss Gary Holt has thanked mentor Paul Lambert for helping him on his way to his first managerial appointment.

The former Kilmarnock, Norwich and Scotland midfielder was unveiled by the Bairns on Wednesday as the man to replace Steven Pressley.

The 40-year-old was most recently working with development players at Norwich and impressed the Falkirk board during the interview process.

Those first steps on the coaching ladder were encouraged by Lambert, and Holt was thankful for the current Aston Villa’s manager’s help.

He said: “I spoke at length with Paul Lambert when I finishing my career under him at Wycombe and he advised me to go the coaching pathway rather than jump straight in.

“I spoke to him [before taking the Falkirk job] and he gave me some good pointers and advice and he’s always at the end of the phone for me.

“I’ve had a good apprenticeship, I’ve done three years now and I just want to go to the next level now.”

Holt takes charge on Monday and will take his bow in the dug-out in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian at Hampden next week.

He left the glamour of the English Premier League to come back north of border, and Holt said it was always his dream to move into management.

He said: “It’s a no-brainer. When the call comes to offer you the position of manager, it is a hard one to turn down.

“It is my desire to be a manager and thankfully it’s with a club like Falkirk who have the infrastructure and seems a good fit.

“Falkirk is a top ten team and I want to be at the helm doing that.”

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