We can now confirm the departure of club legend Dougie Imrie who leaves his coaching role to join Premiership club Livingston.
When most people hear the name Dougie Imrie they automatically think of Accies and that’s credit to Dougie for the length of time, commitment, and passion he’s put into our club.
Imrie made over 500 appearances in his playing career with over half of them for Accies during his two spells at New Douglas Park.
After retirement in 2019, he became a full-time academy coach and continued to pass on his experience to our developing youngsters, something we know Dougie’s passionate about.
Speaking exclusively to the club’s website, Imrie said: “I’ve got so many memories at this wonderful club and I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for Accies, there’s no doubt about that.
“If I was to thank all the people that have been there for me during my time at the club then we would be here for days because the list is endless, however, I’ll always feel like New Douglas Park is my home.”
Imrie coached the u17s during the 2017/18 season leading the youngsters into an undefeated season which led them to European football as first-time participants in the UEFA Youth League.
Speaking about that special season, he said: “I’ve never been more proud of a team of boys in my life than that group who kept that never say die attitude.
“Now you see so many of these players playing first-team football and it makes you happy to see them kick on and progress in their careers as footballers.”
Dougie’s always kept a special bond with the supporters during his time at Hamilton and hopes that never fades, he added: “The fans have always been so supportive of me during my time and memories of scoring against Motherwell and celebrating with them will always be up there with the best memories a player can have.
“I can’t thank the fans enough and just hope they get behind Brian and the team to be 12th man and guide Accies back to where they belong in the Scottish Premiership.
“Thanks for everything.”
The club wishes Dougie all the success as he starts his new role at Livingston next month.