It has been nine days since Mark Kerr left Ayr United.

Club chairman, David Smith said then that interested applicants for the managerial position should apply no later than 5pm on Monday, March 8.

With that deadline behind us, who are the likely candidates to take the Somerset Park hotseat?

Jim McIntyre

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Despite being a Scottish cup hero with Ayrshire rivals Kilmarnock, McIntyre appears to be the firm favourite to take over the Scottish Championship club.

Scottish bookmakers, McBookie even suspended betting on McIntyre taking over the reins at Ayr.

McIntyre's last management role came at Dundee, after a successful spell with Ross County, leading the highland club to their first ever major honour in 2016.

David Hopkin

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The Morton legend has been touted as another strong contender for the role.

His most recent success came by guiding Livingston through the play-offs and in to the Premiership in 2018.

The 50-year-old found his way back to Morton last season, before resigning in December.

Gus MacPherson

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Another Kilmarnock Scottish cup hero from 1997, Gus MacPherson has been without a club since leaving Queen's Park in 2018.

His managerial career saw him at the helm with St Mirren for seven years.

MacPherson has experience of guiding teams into the top tier of Scottish football, as he took St Mirren from the then-Scottish First Division into the Scottish Premier League.

Ian McCall

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The former Ayr boss left Somerset Park in 2019 to rejoin Partick Thistle.

Since then, The Jags have been relegated to Scottish League One, where they currently sit fifth, six points off the top.

Despite the current pause to League One, some Thistle fans became annoyed with McCall's results prior to the hault, meaning an exit from Firhill became even more likely.

Tommy Sloan

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The most left-field candidate on this list comes in the form of Auchinleck Talbot gaffer, Tommy Sloan.

The former Ayr United player has revelled in major success with the junior side, including seven Scottish Junior Cup triumphs and masterminding a famous 1-0 win for Talbot over The Honest Men in 2019.

Despite saying he is happy at junior level, a crack at the big leagues looks certain to come Sloan's way one day.