Ayr United appointed Neil Watt as the club's new Football Manager on 22nd February 2007 after the sacking of Robert Conner a few weeks earlier
The former Stranraer Manager was entrusted with the job of steering United back to the first division. Aged 44 Neil was a partner in a Glasgow based property business. Following a successful spell as manager at Stranraer, successfully bringing them two back to back promotions, Neil had also been awarded Bells Manager of the Year in successive years. He left Stranraer to take some time out from football to develop his business and after a ten month break from football he was ready to make his mark again on the game.
Neil began the job of ensuring that United avoided relegation. With six wins and two draws from the last nine matches of the season he steered United away from relegation and to the brink of the play off’s. A bad start to the following season saw United slump but Neil brought a good squad of players back into contention for promoton. A 4-1 home defeat to Division Two leaders Ross County followed a minor bad run in form. Neil suddenly left the club on 22nd October 2007 citing a difference in outlook with the club’s Board as his reasons.