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Jimmy Boyle given Airdrie manager's job permanently

Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle
Boyle has been caretaker manager since Kenny Black's departure

Jimmy Boyle has been appointed manager of Airdrie United on a permanent basis after impressing as caretaker.

The 38-year-old former Airdrie player became interim manager after the sacking of Kenny Black, to whom he had been assistant, in June.

Airdrie chairman Jim Ballantyne told his club website: "We asked Jimmy to take over the reins after Kenny left in order for the club to take stock.

"We have been extremely pleased with the progress made."

Airdrie, who were relegated last season, lie sixth in Division Two with six points from five games, five points adrift of leaders Livingston.

Jimmy has had no hesitation in giving our young players their chance

Airdrie United chairman Jim Ballantyne

However, Ballantyne said: "It became abundantly clear that he was the man for the job.

"Jimmy had also been head of youth as well as assistant manager last year and he has had no hesitation in giving our young players their chance.

"This is the way forward for this club and I am delighted that Jimmy is driving it from the front."

Boyle played in defence and midfield during two spells at Airdrie, bookending time with Partick Thistle, Livingston, Alloa Athletic and Cowdenbeath.



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Black becomes Scotland assistant
15 Jul 10 |  Football
Sacked Black in Diamonds dispute
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