Steven Saunders: Managerial changes haven’t knocked Livingston camaraderie

Steven Saunders insists the more things have changed at Livingston the more they have stayed the same.

Steven Saunders insists the more things have changed at Livingston the more they have stayed the same.

The 27-year-old defender joined the Ladbrokes Premiership new boys in May as boss David Hopkin was announcing his departure.

Replacement Kenny Miller lasted seven weeks as player/manager before he left to be replaced by Gary Holt, who guided the West Lothian team to wins over St Mirren and Hibernian before the international break.

Saunders admitshe has gone through probably the ‘strangest’ period in his career.

However, ahead of the visit of Hamilton in the Premiership on Saturday, the former Motherwell and Ross County player insists the transitions have been smooth due to a unified dressing room.

He said: ‘It probably has been the strangest I’ve had. There were a lot of manager changes at Motherwell but I don’t think there was as many in as short a space of time.

‘But nothing too much has changed at the club.

‘As much as managers have changed the dressing room has stayed the same. It has not been too bad.

‘Obviously Gary has only been in a few weeks but he has started to put his own stamp on it.

‘He has been brilliant. Everything he has said has been brilliant and it has shown in the two results we have got.

‘The changing room helps. The changing room at Livingston is brilliant, the boys are right together.

‘They have played together the last two years with a double promotion, so there is a great camaraderie and that has helped the younger boys.’

Saunders is looking for Livi, who have seven points from four games, to keep confounding the sceptics.

The Scotland cap said: ‘Newly-promoted teams are always going to be tipped to go back down.

Livingston coming up from the play-offs as well and that went against them in terms of them being favourites to go back down.

‘But the performances have been brilliant. I don’t think we have conceded a lot of goals apart from at Parkhead (3-1).

‘But defence-wise we will keep a lot of clean sheets, we are a well-organised, hardworking team and we willbe really hard to beat.’