Mark Roberts
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • First Appointed: May 15th, 2012

Managerial History

May 15th, 2012 to Dec 15th, 2014

Most Appearances Top Scorers

First Match In Charge
Jul 28th, 2012 1 - 3 vs. East Stirlingshire, Scottish Challenge Cup (ramsdens cup)

Last Match In Charge
Dec 13th, 2014 2 - 3 vs. Stenhousemuir, League

Total Players Used:

Biggest Win(s)
Mar 15th, 2014 5 - 0 vs. East Fife, League (League One)
Mar 8th, 2014 5 - 0 vs. Stranraer, League (League One)
Aug 4th, 2012 6 - 1 vs. Clyde, Scottish League Cup

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Nov 11th, 2014 0 - 4 vs. Alloa Athletic, Scottish Cup (3rd Round Replay)
Jan 4th, 2014 0 - 4 vs. Stranraer, League (League One)
Sep 28th, 2013 1 - 5 vs. Dunfermline Athletic, League (League One)
Apr 20th, 2013 0 - 4 vs. Stenhousemuir, League (2nd division)
Jan 2nd, 2013 1 - 5 vs. Queen of the South, League (2nd division)
Aug 29th, 2012 1 - 5 vs. St Mirren, Scottish League Cup

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
106 35 16 55 162 195
(33.0%) (15.1%) (51.9%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
55 22 8 25 96 92
(40.0%) (14.5%) (45.5%)


On the 15th May 2012, Mark Roberts took over the managerial reins of Ayr United from Brian Reid following the club’s relegation to Division Two as player manager.

Roberts, 36, was embarking on his first journey into management at Somerset Park after enjoying a lengthy playing career which saw him playing for nine clubs including Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Falkirk, Partick Thistle and Airdrie United. Mark Roberts had still been competing at a high level and since signing for The Honest Men in 2009, having appeared 148 times and scored 54 goals.

After being appointed as Manager Roberts said : ” Being a Manager was something i wanted to do and i love this club. I’m delighted i’ve got the chance to manage Ayr United “

In his first season in charge Ayr finished a disappointing 7th something that the manager acknowledged ‘To finish seventh in the league wasn’t acceptable. Whether that was down to mistakes made by myself I don’t know but I think the players have to take responsibility for their inconsistency. We gave them every opportunity to go out onto the park and build on good results but they rarely did that which is very disappointing.

The following season Mark managed the club to a promotion play-off position but sadly lost to eventual play-off winners Cowdenbeath. The Board extended his contract into season 2014/2015 with a set of targets that they allowed to become public.

In season 2014/15 United began Neil Watt and found themselves in a challenging position before they went on to lose 9 of the last 10 matches under him leading to his dismissal on 15th December 2014 after the 3-2 defeat to Stenhousemuir.

Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Robbie Crawford Jul 1st, 2012
2. Alan Forrest Jul 1st, 2013
3. Brian Gilmour Nov 12th, 2013
4. Peter Murphy Jul 1st, 2014
5. Nicky Devlin Jul 1st, 2014

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
1. Michael Wardrope Jul 1st, 2012
2. Craig McCracken Jul 1st, 2013
3. Craig McGuffie Jul 1st, 2014
First Signing

Robbie Crawford
on Jul 1st, 2012