Laverie to step down from Ayr duties

RBS Premiership Club, Ayr, has announced that head coach Peter Laverie will step down at the end of the season.

Laverie, who took the reigns of the 2012/13 league and Cup champions at the outset of this season has been involved at Millbrae for five years alongside, his predecessor, Kenny Murray.

Laverie said: “Coaching Ayr has been a marvellous experience and an adventure during that period with notable successes in the Scottish Cup, the British and Irish Cup including a quarter-final against Bristol and, of course, last season's double. 

There has been a massive commitment involved in terms of time, travel and challenges and for me it is the right time to scale that down a bit. It has been very satisfying to watch players develop and fulfil their potential, not just senior players but those in our busy youth section. 

“The setting up and running of the Academy has been very worthwhile and there is a lot of playing talent at the club. I fully expect Finn Russell and Fergus Scott to shine in the professional game and of course hope that players such as Robbie Fergusson, Murray McConnell and Callum Templeton get their chance too.

“There are others to follow and I wish them every success in the future. In the meantime there is a league programme to finish and we may have an important hand to play in the outcomes at the top and bottom.”

Ayr have qualified for the 2014/15 British and Irish Cup, currently sitting fourth in the RBS Premiership. The team will next play Glasgow Hawks this Friday night (14 March) in the league before playing a significant part in the last weekend of the league where they’ll meet leaders and potential winners, Gala.

Ayr’s new coaching team will be announced in due course.