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Manager award winner Billy Reid aiming higher

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Seventh place the goal for Reid

Billy Reid is hoping Hamilton Accies can continue the form that won him a Scottish Premier League award for April so they can come top of the bottom six.

Accies host St Mirren on Wednesday and are a point behind St Johnstone.

"The form has brought us above Aberdeen and we are a point off St Johnstone," said the manager of the month.

"We play them in the last game of the season and it would be nice to have a shoot-out with them to see who finishes top of the lower bunch."

St Johnstone travel to face relegation-threatened Falkirk on Wednesday before hosting Accies on Saturday.

Reid was given the Clydesdale Bank award after guiding Accies to three straight victories during the course of April, with their sole defeat coming against Scottish champions Rangers at Ibrox.

I am like everybody else. I would like to manage at the highest level possible

Hamilton Accies manager Billy Reid

Accies thumped Hibs 4-1 at New Douglas Park and continued their winning sequence with a convincing 3-0 win at home to Kilmarnock and a 1-0 victory away to Falkirk to banish relegation fears.

"I think things have went pretty well this season," Reid told BBC Scotland. "It was a difficult start to the season as we have said before.

"We were a considerable number of points behind Aberdeen and St Johnstone, but recently our form has been exceptional.

"I have been delighted at how we have played; getting the ball down and playing is important to me and, for me, it is all down to the players."

Reid put early poor form down to the turnover of players during the summer.

And, while he expects to lose some of his best performers, including midfielder James McArthur, at the end of the current season, he thinks the club is built to sustain the success that has seen them retain their place in the top flight for a second season.

"It is not just about Billy Reid," he said. "It is about everybody at the club.

"My staff are absolutely fantastic. We have a tight-knit group, everybody works hard together and that's the secret of success at Hamilton Accies."

Reid said he never lost faith in the players he had brought to the club last summer.

"I don't think they have surprised me," he said. "I think I always believed that what we are doing at the club is correct.

"We had a difficult period, we lost some key players, but I have not spoken about relegation all the way through."

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"I think we have good players here and I think we are showing that at the moment."

Reid was coy about whether the top six was a realistic target for the club next season, but he highlighted the role played by chairman Ronnie MacDonald and the youth policy in laying the foundations for further success.

"We lost some key players and I think we will lose key players again in the summer," he said.

"When the season started, we wanted to progress from last year.

"We finished ninth last year. We are definitely going to finish eighth. We've got four more points with two games to go.

"Considering the players we lost and the problems we had at the start of the season, I think that is certainly progress."

Reid was frank about his own long-term future at New Douglas Park.

"I am definitely happy at Hamilton Accies," he added. "The club is certainly going in the right direction.

"But I am like everybody else. I would like to manage at the highest level possible. If I did not think like that, I should not be in the game."



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see also
Miller named top player for April
01 May 10 |  Rangers
Carey focused on Saints survival
29 Apr 10 |  St Mirren
Reid proud of Hamilton progress
24 Apr 10 |  Hamilton


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