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Billy Reid has left Hamilton Accies with immediate effect

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Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine.com

Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine.com

Hamilton Accies have parted company with manager Billy Reid after eight years in charge of the New Douglas Park side. The news comes with Accies in seventh place in the First Division, six points clear of the relegation play-off place.

Reid’s last match in charge was last night’s 2-1 victory over Dumbarton. A game which they came back from two goals down and had Stevie May to thank for securing the win.

Reid leaves Accies amicably by mutual consent and with immediate effect after both parties felt there needed to be a change in manager. News of Reid’s departure was given to the players this morning.

In a statement on the official website, club chairman Les Gray said: “The club would confirm that Billy Reid and Hamilton Accies have parted company with immediate effect.

“The club would like to thank Billy for his almost eight years in charge – a period which has seen the club at its highest level in almost 80 years, with three seasons in the SPL – including a 7th place finish – three Scottish Cup quarter finals and two Ramsdens Cup Finals.

“The decision to separate was an amicable one. Billy felt he needed a fresh challenge, and the club was like-minded. It was simply and naturally felt that it was the right thing to do at the right time. Billy has already indicated that he will be at Dunfermline to support the team on Saturday and will be at the home game v Airdrie Utd next Tuesday as well.”

He had been at New Douglas Park since taking over from Alan Maitland in 2005 leading Accies to the First Division title in 2008 and with that promotion to the Scottish Premier League, which saw him voted PFA Scotland manager of the year.

In their first season in the SPL, Accies finished in seventh place in season 2009/10, but the following season they were relegated from the top-tier.

Hamilton’s next game is this Saturday away to Dunfermline in the league. Club captain Alex Neil along with Frankie McAvoy, Academy director, will assume first team duties until the end of the season.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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