Jun 1 2012 Ayrshire Post (main ed)
NEW Ayr boss Mark Roberts has spent a week drenched in sweat on a Los Angeles training pitch.
Now he’s flying back to launch a Somerset signing spree as United prepare for life in Division Two.
Roberts and assistant Davie White were guests of chairman Lachlan Cameron as they held the seven day summit in the States.
And the Ayr owner says he was bowled over by their enthusiasm and vision for the club’s future.
Lachlan revealed: “Mark and Davie are both on the same page as me when it comes to how we develop the squad.
“There’s no point having a youth academy if we don’t use it.
“So the days of taking 18 and 19-year-olds on loan from other clubs are over.
“We have players in our own youth setup who Mark and Davie are desperate to work with and bring on to first team level – and that has to be our future.”
Cameron admits the budget has been trimmed, but insists everything is dependent on crowds.
He said: “We’ve paid off a lot of debts in recent years, some of them costing hundreds of thousands, and thankfully those are now behind us.
“Money coming into the club is now used to fund the football budget but we have to base that on our expected crowds.
“So the bigger the attendances, the more we can spend on players.
“Our aim next season is a top four place and Mark has already identified a number of players to help achieve that.
“He spent the week doing a lot of work at the CATS facility over here and his enthusiasm is great.
“Marko got this job because he was the right man for the role – not because he was a former player who was easy to promote.
“Both he and Davie have a refreshing outlook on how to play football and the bad old days of playing balls into channels and knocking it over the midfield will be a thing of the past.
“We teach our youth players to play a certain way and that will now be taught throughout the whole club.”