David Hopkin has signed a new two-year-deal at Ayr United and secured a draw for the club in his first championship match as manager.
David Hopkin’s managerial career hit a roadblock in December 2020 when he left fellow Championship side Greenock Morton due to financial issues at the club. Hopkin has also managed Livingston and Bradford City previously. Hopkin was the manager responsible for Livingston’s promotions to the Championship and Premiership between 2017 and 2018 but stepped down due to his personal circumstances changing following their second promotion. Greenock Morton finished fifth in the 2018/19 season but finished seventh in the 19/20 season and are currently sitting in eighth, two points behind Queen of the South and Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Ayr United is currently ahead and in seventh place with 25 points and are tied with Morton.
Ayr United are now eight points clear of Alloa Athletic who are currently at the bottom of the table, but they still have a long way to go before they are safe from the relegation zone. In the last five games Ayr united have had two wins, two draws and one defeat. Their recent form shows promise however it will need to be fine-tuned if the club wants to stay afloat and avoid the relegation zone as there is only three points separating them from Arbroath who are currently ninth.
With Ayr United’s Scottish Cup victory of 4-0 against Elgin City, they have been able to progress through to the next stage of the competition where they will face Clyde FC on the third of April, but their focus must be on the Championship.
Hopkin knows the championship division well and has shown he has the skills to promote teams and keep them out of the relegation zone, his arrival at Ayr United has potential to see them climb the table further. Their upcoming Championship games against Alloa Athletic, Dundee, Arbroath, Queen of the South and Inverness Caledonian Thistle will be vital for the club’s survival. Winning at least three and drawing in one of the games should keep them in the Championship.