[media-credit name=”© Patrick McGuire | Scotzine” align=”alignleft” width=”185″][/media-credit]Speaking on the Ayr United website following the decision to leave Brian said: “The two promotions were great as it meant so much to the supporters. The cup success this season was good as well but it was just unfortunate that we didn’t get the result at Hampden. It was a magnificent occasion for everyone connected with the town and it was good to see that so many supporters turned out for that game.”
The decision was announced as mutually agreed.
Since the weekend the internet had lit up with rumour and guesses over what was to happen with Reid. From him going to Morton, becoming an Assistant at Bristol City or even off to Australia most were sure it was curtains for his tenure. As for a replacement, the keenest fans seemed to be calling for the very man unveiled as the new gaffer. Former Kilmarnock forward and now a man with an Honest Heart beating in his chest, Mark Roberts has been announced as the new boss. Clearly with a nod to the future, Head of Youth at the Ayr United Football Academy, Davie White has been announced as his number two.
The Academy, an independent body, has managed to bring on local talent through the ranks but Reid had been reluctant and heavily criticised for not using them more during the season. With White alongside there is a clear nod that the Academy young team will have an opportunity of First team action. With the experience of Cowdenbeath and Alloa Athletic this year when both teams had new managers in place yet both took their respective championships along with Falkirk playing youngsters and gaining much admiration whilst Gary Bollan lost his job at Livingston apparently due to not using their Academy enough the future is looking younger and younger. They used to say that policemen look younger the older you get, now the squads and their coaches are starting to resemble that maxim.
In his five years in charge Brian Reid produced two promotions, two relegations, fun in the rain against Kilmarnock, a semi final against them at Hampden as well as cup runs that brought some colour to the SFL side at the seaside. He also brought Mark Roberts to the club. the Somerset faithful this evening are hoping that may be his greatest achievement whilst in charge.