David Hopkin appointed manager of the Honest Men
Ayr United Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of David Hopkin as our new First Team Manager on a 2 year deal.
David will take his first training session with the team tomorrow and be in charge of Saturday’s trip to face league leaders Heart of Midlothian at Tynecastle.
On the appointment, Ayr United Owner and 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. 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.
We had a number of criteria that were key to the appointment and David Hopkin ticks every box.
We all can’t wait to get going alongside Davie White and Derek Stillie who have done an incredible job of inspiring the players into climbing the table. Personally, I can’t thank them and Tommy Tait enough for what they’ve done."
After making his senior debut for local side Greenock Morton, Hopkin enjoyed a successful playing career south of the border, making over 120 appearances in the Premier League during spells at Chelsea, Leeds United - where he won the first of seven Scotland caps - and Bradford City. During a successful two seasons with Crystal Palace, Hopkin scored a 90th-minute winner in the 1997 First Division play-off final against Sheffield United, to gain promotion for Palace into the Premier League.
A return to Morton and recurring ankle injury signalled the end of Hopkin’s playing career in 2003 but he remained at Cappielow in various roles, including coach, reserve team manager and assistant manager. In January 2015, Hopkin left his post as reserve team manager at Morton to become assistant head coach at Livingston alongside Mark Burchill, eventually replacing Burchill the following year as the Lions were relegated to League 1.
The following two seasons saw Hopkin lead Livi to back-to-back promotions, firstly winning the League 1 title by 19 points in season 2016/17 before clinching promotion back to the Premiership in 2018, defeating Dundee United and Partick Thistle in the Premiership play-offs.
Hopkin elected to depart Livingston prior to the Premiership season in May 2018, declining the offer of a new contract at Almondvale and was appointed manager of former club Bradford City in September that year. A difficult spell with struggling Bantams led to his resignation in February 2019 after 35 games in charge. Hopkin was then announced as the manager of Greenock Morton at the start of last season and guided the Ton to seventh place when the league was suspended. He resigned from his position in December 2020 amid financial difficulties at the Cappielow club.
We will announce David's new assistant manager in due course.
An interview with Chairman David Smith and Manager David Hopkin will be available to watch - for free - on Black & White TV later today.