Cap­tain Davies de­lighted to be­gin Coyle’ s ten­ure with win

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - SPORT -

Ross County cap­tain An­drew Davies was thrilled to mark the start of Owen Coyle’s reign as Stag­gies man­ager with Satur­day’s 2-0 vic­tory at Kil­marnock.

First-half goals from Craig Cur­ran and a first for the club for Kenny van der Weg saw County tri­umph for the first time since their open­ing-day win at Dundee on Au­gust 5.

Coyle was brought in as County’s new man­ager on Thurs­day to re­place Jim McIn­tyre, who was sacked ear­lier in the week, and de­fender Davies was pleased

“Hope­fully it can give us the mo­men­tum to go into the next two home games and kick on.”

Davies, who joined from Brad­ford City in 2015, ex­pressed his sym­pa­thy for McIn­tyre and as­sis­tant Billy Dodds, who were sacked by chair­man Roy MacGre­gor fol­low­ing a poor start which brought only one win from their open­ing seven league games.

Davies added: “It has been tough. I had a lot of re­spect for Jim and Billy and what they did here. They brought me here and we had a fan­tas­tic time. We won the cup and have achieved a lot at the club.

“Fin­ish­ing sixth and sev­enth for this club is re­ally good. I thought they were very suc­cess­ful, it was just a bit un­for­tu­nate things didn’t go our way at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.

“When they went it was a shock to the sys­tem. The play­ers were all pulling for Jim and Billy, we just couldn’t quite get those re­sults.

“I’ve al­ways said we’ve got to be re­al­is­tic. We’ve played some fan­tas­tic teams, like Hibs, Rangers, Celtic and Aberdeen. They are top teams.

“It’s re­ally un­for­tu­nate what has hap­pened but they will be fine. They will go and find another job and be suc­cess­ful. They can walk away with their heads held high. We’ve just got to move on.”

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