Ian McCall took over charge of Ayr United on 6th January 2015 following the sacking of Mark Roberts. After spells in charge of Falkirk and Dundee United, among others, McCall has been out of the game since leaving Partick Thistle in 2011.
“The club is under achieving and my initial aim is a simple one – to start winning matches,” he told the club’s official website.
“Ayr United is still a big name in Scottish football and it should not be a hard sell to bring players to this club. We need to stay in this league and then think about promotion to the Championship and establishing ourselves there.”
In his first season Ian managed to salvage United’s League 1 status and keep them in that division for season 2014/15, albeit with the last kick of the ball against Forfar Athletic. He promised to rebuild the club the following season and develop a team who could challenge for Championship football in 2016/17.
The following season saw him lead his Ayr side to finish in second place and win promotion to the Championship through the play-offs after defeating Stranraer in the final. Following promotion he saw his part-time side finish bottom of the league and relegated back to League 1 after only one season in the Championship.
In season 2017/18 he once again took Ayr to the Championship overtaking Raith Rovers on the last match of the season to win League 1 and beating Kilmarnock in the League Cup. He sensationally took Ayr to the top of the Championship in 2018/19 remaining there until January when Ross County topped the league. Nevertheless he led Ayr to the play offs losing to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
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