Manager's View - Season 2011-12
5th June 2012
AIRDRIE manager Jimmy Boyle says last season was a learning experience for him and his squad.
The Diamonds reached the Irn-Bru First Division promotion play-off final but lost out to Dumbarton.
Now Boyle, who signed a contract extension to May 2014, is getting ready with his players to push for a return to SFL1 next term.
And he believes the lessons learned from the previous campaign will stand everyone in good stead.
He said: "We're still learning. I'm still learning and the players are still learning. That's the big thing.
"The squad is still fairly young and I am an inexperienced manager; I've only been in charge for two years.
"I've learned that sometimes you can't do anything from the sidelines. You have to trust the players.
"Confidence is a massive factor. It's one of the biggest things they [the players] need other than ability."
Boyle was proud of the final-quarter flourish which earned Airdrie a shot at promotion through the play-offs.
However, the 6-2 aggregate defeat to Dumbarton was not how the script was supposed to end.
The gaffer added: "It was an incredible season and and an incredible final quarter which got us into the play-offs.
"We managed to shut up shop and put together a fantastic run. To fail at the last hurdle is really disappointing."