Hay looks to future

Former Kilmarnock defender Garry Hay says he does not expect to receive a late Rugby Park reprieve from new boss Allan Johnston.

Last Updated: 22/07/13 at 10:45 Post Comment

Allan Johnston: New manager of Kilmarnock

Allan Johnston: New manager of Kilmarnock

The veteran full-back was released by chairman Michael Johnston when his contract expired at the end of last season.

The 35-year-old had been tipped to pair up with Jimmy Nicholl in a coaching roll to replace Kenny Shiels when the Northern Irishman was sacked following controversy over his out-spoken media comments.

But Killie chief Johnston appointed his namesake from Queen of the South instead and Hay was allowed to leave, despite having racked up 14 years' service with the club.

Now Hay is searching for a new side after admitting he has given up hope of returning to the Ayrshire side.

He said: "There are no hard feelings or grudges with Killie. With Kenny parting ways and Jimmy Nicholl leaving too, it was always going to be very difficult after that.

"I'm still doing stuff coaching some of the younger lads at pro-youth level.

"But going back isn't an option. I haven't heard from the new management at the club and I don't expect to. I'm looking forward now."

Hay turned down a move to Oldham - now bossed by former Killie team-mate Lee Johnson - for family reasons earlier this summer but the Scotland B cap insists he is still good enough to play in the Scottish Premier League.

But the player insists he is frustrated by the lack of offers.

"I still have haven't got anything lined up," he said. "It's been pretty quiet on the football side of things.

"A few managers have taken my number but there has been no offers so far.

"I'm not really surprised that it's been like this, though. There are lots of boys out of contract right now and there are plenty of players available for managers to choose from.

"I'm a bit older and maybe coaches aren't looking for someone as experienced as I am. It's just one of those things.

"I'd like to get in somewhere and get started with training. I've still got a year or two left in me fitness wise.

"If it doesn't happen I'll just have to live with it, but I know in myself that I've still got a year or two left in me at a decent level."

Hay is currently working towards his Elite Youth coaching badge and added: "I'm interested in the coaching side of things and I've done all my badges. I just want to stay in the game. Football is all I have known."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Two Chelsea fans summoned to appear in court over claims of racist chants

Two men summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in May following claims of racist chants at St Pancras Station.

Arsenal are repoortedly keen to sign Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

Arsenal are interested in signing Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, with the winger set to reject his offer of a new deal.

European Qualifiers round-up: Wins for Germany, Portugal and Romania

Goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Muller gave Germany victory over Georgia while Portugal beat Serbia to go top of Group I.

Mail Box

Forget About Flair And Play Like Greece

'Forget about flair and play like Greece' is one outsider's advice to the England national side, while an Arsenal fan wants to sell Theo Walcott to get Marco Reus.

FA Refusing To Learn From Germany

We have a postcard from Germany in the Mailbox highlighting how Greg Dyke's quick-fix approach is all wrong. Also, the clamour for Kane, and size matters, apparently...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company