David Hopkin says he’s at Ayr United for the long haul after the former Crystal Palace and Morton man was named as manager.

Hopkin has had management experience with Livingston, Bradford City and Morton, who he left at the end of last year. He enjoyed a brilliant playing career, featuring prominently for the likes of Chelsea, Bradford City, Crystal Palace and Leeds United down south.

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The former Crystal Palace man is with the Honest Men. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

Ayr are currently in the bottom half of the Scottish Championship table but change at Somerset Park won’t occur overnight according to Hopkin: “This isn’t going to be a short-term fix – the board are looking for someone to come in and build something over the next three, four or five years.

“I got a great vibe from the chairman and board and likewise I think they got the same from me in terms of the ideas I want to implement at the club. The plans that I’ve seen to take the club forward look fantastic but the fans have to be coming to watch a team that’s successful.

“That is the number one aim and it is my job to deliver that. The first thing is to ensure we are a Championship club for next season. Then we can start to put things in place for pushing on.

Long-term plan. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

“The players will know when we do that and when we don’t do that. There are times when you can’t play in the way you want, so you need to adapt and have a Plan B and a Plan C. It’s about game management and, ultimately, winning those games of football.”

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