Livingston boss David Hopkin has been named the Ladbrokes League 1 Manager of the Month for October following a fine run of form that’s seen his side go top of the table.
However, the Lions gaffer insists being one of two full-time teams in the division does bring its own unique challenges.
Livi were always going to be among the pre-season favourites for the title given they were relegated last season and full-time clubs have always fared well in the division.
Airdrieonians also get to work with their players every day, while the rest of their challengers have to balance work life with training twice a week.
Hopkin recognises the benefit of training every day, but believes it’s too easy to say full-time sides should be running away with the league.
And that’s despite his Livi side leading Brechin by two points at the top of the table after an October which saw them win three of their four games.
After picking up his award, Hopkin exclusively told Ladbrokes News: “When you’re recognised for these things it’s a great honour and reward for the work that’s been put in over October.
“Everybody at the club is involved, all the staff and players. It’s a tribute to them for the hard work they’ve put in since coming back in pre-season.
“When you’re part-time, you get the best players in Scotland. Most have good jobs and part-time suits them.
“But when you’re full-time and one of the smaller clubs, you’re getting younger players looking for a chance.
“We have young ones we have to coach each week, who will make mistakes through the season.
“So when you’ve got good part-time clubs paying similar wages to us at full-time then they can get experienced players in and it’s easier to manage.
“From our perspective I’m delighted that we have a good blend of experienced players and young talent in our squad.
“The main thing is that they learn and keep learning.
“There are a lot of good managers – and a few who have done really well and are unlucky to have missed out on the award too.
“It’s great for me, but it’s more of a staff thing than a personal achievement.”
Livi remain favourites at Evens to win this season’s Ladbrokes League 1 title.
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