Hamilton Accies academy director George Cairns says former Aston Villa coach Stuart Taylor ‘has the pedigree to be a good manager.’

The former Hamilton player and youth coach is the favourite to become the Scottish Championship club’s new manager, following the departure of Brian Rice as head coach. Taylor worked as part of Paul Lambert’s coaching staff at big clubs like Aston Villa and joined Premiership outfit Ross County in the summer.

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Taylor worked with Lambert at Aston Villa. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Cairns says he has a good relationship with the former Aston Villa coach: “I’ve known Stuart for a long time. When he left Hamilton, he’s got a great pedigree with the people he’s worked with. Stuart will have a lot of ideas. If it’s Stuart that gets the job then I do have a relationship with him.

“I’ve worked under Stuart and I’ve worked with Stuart. He helped Frankie McAvoy and I when we took the U19s. Stuart was a big part of coming up and doing the extra sessions way back then. I think it was nine or ten years ago when Stuart was there.

“He had ambition when he was at the football club and when he left, it speaks volumes of his stints at Wolves, Aston Villa and Ipswich with Paul Lambert. He was a manager in Ireland for a couple of years with Limerick and a few other teams. Stuart has the pedigree to be a good manager, of course.”

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