David Hopkin has returned to management, with the former Crystal Palace and Morton man taking the reigns at Ayr United.

The Honest Men’s interim manager Davie White has taken the team in a 2-0 win over Morton last weekend and 0-0 draw with Raith Rovers on Tuesday. He said after the Ton victory a new man would be in place ahead of this weekend’s match with Hearts and the former Crystal Palace player and Ton figure will take that up.

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The former Crystal Palace and Ton man is Ayr boss. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hopkin started out at Morton before going on to have a successful playing career south of the border with Chelsea, Crystal Palace whom he has a strong connection with over two spells, Leeds United and Bradford City.

His management career started at Livingston, where he guided them back to the Scottish Premiership. He has since managed Bradford City and Morton, who he left last year. Now Hopkin is manager at fellow Championship side Ayr United, who sit seventh in the table.

Ayr chairman David Smith said: “We are delighted to get our man! The number and quality of applications were excellent and we thank everyone who showed interest in becoming the Manager of Ayr United. It was quite a task to shortlist the applications, and the candidates who were interviewed were all very strong.

David Hopkin was the strong candidate. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

“When we spoke to David it became obvious that there is a synergy between what we as a club want to achieve, and the aspirations and ambitions that he has for Ayr United. As a board, we all felt very comfortable speaking with him and he has a calm confidence in his ability to take our club forward.”

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