By Lewis Laird

Ayr United have parted company with manager Mark Kerr and assistant Michael McArdle, both leaving Somerset Park by mutual consent.

Poor form in Ayrshire has left the Honest Men in the Championship’s relegation play-off spot and after a board meeting this morning, Kerr’s reign has been brought to an end. He took over from Ian McCall in 2019, but 10 wins from 34 league games has not been the desired return.

Ayr United v Dunfermline - Scottish Championship

Former Aberdeen and Dundee United man Kerr has left Ayr United. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The former Aberdeen and Dundee United man’s last game was against Arbroath, who stretched their unbeaten run to eight games as they came out on top in what could prove to be a six-pointer down at the bottom half of the table, winning 1-0 at Somerset Park.

A brilliant volleyed effort by Michel McKenna, which found the top corner was all that separate the sides as Dick Campbell’s team took home all three points. Here are three things we learned from the match.

Arbroath stretch unbeaten run

In a league like the Championship, a run of good results can find you make your way up the table very quickly, no matter what position you find yourselves in. Arbroath have shown that with their impressive run of eight games unbeaten and now find themselves up in sixth place, stretching further away from the bottom teams.

Campbell’s men are going well (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Wasted opportunities

The first-half in particular is where United really should have taken advantage, missing several opportunities to take the lead. It is arguably a problem that the Honest Men have had in a number of games this season. Dario Zanatta really could have had a couple in the opening half. Instead though they come away disappointed with the result when it could have been the opposite.

Kerr leaves

In his post-match comments, you can tell it was a frustrating afternoon for Kerr and his side as they failed to capitalise on chances once again. It wasn’t by any means a dreadful performance from Ayr, who were the better side for a majority of the game.

But what matters at the end of the day is the results and they aren’t getting enough of them. It’s why Kerr has now left his post at Somerset Park.

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