Forest Green Rovers have reportedly attempted to hijack Ayr United's bid to make Scott Brown their next manager.

The Daily Record states the League Two club have made their move at the 11th hour to attract the Celtic legend just days after they sacked Troy Deeney.

It emerged on Monday afternoon that Ayr had launched their efforts in an ambitious move to lure Brown to Somerset Park.

This report claims the 38-year-old was in Ayrshire on Monday afternoon to hold talks with the Championship club's owner David Smith. He is looking to fill the role vacated by Lee Bullen who was dismissed last week.

However, Forest Green sparked a managerial tug-of-war when they approached Broony later in the day on Monday.

It's said that Brown could now be swayed down south in the next 24 hours for talks with the League Two strugglers.

He's been out of work since leaving Fleetwood in September last year. He lasted a little over a year in his first management job with the League One outfit.

And it's thought it's that experience that Forest Green are looking for. They are hopeful Brown's preference is to have another crack at the English lower leagues rather than Scotland's second tier.

Ayr are still very much keen on Brown. It's said that Kevin Thomson, Charlie Mulgrew and Dick Campbell are also high on the thoughts of Smith as he looks to employ the club's new boss ahead of Saturday's crucial match against Queen's Park.

Davie White is in interim charge of the Honest Men and guided them to a 3-0 win in the Scottish Cup fourth round over Kelty Hearts.

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