Callum Davidson has revealed that he was given a win or bust ultimatum before losing his job as St Johnstone manager.

Davidson parted company with Saints just 24 hours after a 2-0 away loss to Livingston in April this year after delivering a historic cup double during the 2020/21 campaign.

And the former Scotland, Saints and Leicester City left-back admits he was told before the game he would be sacked if he failed to mastermind a win.

Davidson said: “I got annoyed in my last game, I changed my formation, which annoyed me and it still sits with me to this day, I was told that if we didn’t win the game I was out. 

"In my final game, I knew if I didn’t win that I was gone so I changed my formation and I thought we’ll have a go.

“It was during that week it was said. It’s just football and I’ve heard it so many times, you just have to get on with it. 

“It was just disappointing, we were ninth in the league at the time and for St Johnstone to be ninth in the league isn’t too bad, we would all like to be higher but it was a rebuild of the squad. I felt we were in a good position, we had the bottom six to play.”

Davidson, who worked as a pundit for BBC Radio Scotland at the weekend, did not clarify whether Steve Brown delivered the ultimatum but insists he still has a good relationship with the then Saints chairman.

He added: “I had a great relationship with the chairman. 

"I have nothing against him. It's just timing - timing is a massive thing in football. 

“We had a great relationship, we’re still good to this day. 

“I wanted to stay on but ultimately if results are poor there is only one person that leaves.”

Davidson, who turned down the chance to take on the reins at Dundee this summer, admits he is keen for a return to management.

He added: “I’m desperate to get back in. I never lost my enthusiasm for it, I had a little break but I'm desperate to get back in and hopefully it happens soon.”