Yoker Athletic manager Steven Reilly wants to stay at the club despite the Whe-Ho were relegated from the Super First Division on Saturday.

The Holm Park side needed a point from their last game of the season, but were thumped 6-0 by Petershill.

Reilly has yet to speak to Yoker officials about staying on next season, and talks are unlikely to happen until their season has finished, with a Central League Cup semi-final to play today.

But the former Hearts player wants to stay and take the club back up next season.

He said: “To leave the club or walk away after relegation is not something that’s part of me, I’m not that kind of guy “If the club want me to stay I’ll stay, and help rebuild and hopefully get us up next season as I’m sure Gary and Graeme will want to be a part of that as well.

But we’ll have to sit down and see, dropping down a division the finances will be affected and bringing in players that we need to get ourselves out of that league will be affected as well.”

Yoker started the season off well, but a difficult festive period and a long winless run dragged them back into a relegation battle.

Coupled with Maryhill’s resurgence towards the end of the season saw them finish above the Whe-Ho.

Reilly added: “It’s difficult for me to take in. Gary, Graeme, myself, and obviously committee, the chairman are all affected, even more so than the players.

“But over the season we fell a bit short. It’s not down to the last two games, it’s been over the season we’ve let points slip. It seems to be the norm for Yoker, we start well up to Christmas and then go six or seven games without winning.

“When you go on a kind of run like that in a league so tough you’re going to find it tough at the end of the season.

“I thought after we’d beat Shotts that would have been enough, knowing that Maryhill had a few games to play, but to be fair to them they’ve surprised a lot of people, me included, that they’ve managed to pick up the victories to catch up, But we’ve only got ourselves to blame, we can’t blame anybody else.”

Goals from Luke Crerand, Stephen McGladrigan and Ian Gold put Petershill firmly in control of Saturday’s game against Yoker.

McGladrigan added to his tally after 57 minutes, before Paul Murphy and Jordan Murch compounded Athletic’s woes.

And Reilly was disappointed his side went out with a whimper, knowing a point from their last two games would have seen them safe.

He said: “Petershill have got a strong pool of players, guys with a lot more experience and on a lot more money than our guys are on. “Same as Girvan as well, going on to win the Championship. Trying to get a point off these two teams was asking a lot, I think we could have got it but it wasn’t to be.

“We’ve taken a right drubbing in the two games, and it’s disappointing we’ve gone out without a fight. I’ve said that to the players, they’ve let themselves down. Not just the club, and everybody associated with the club but themselves.

"They never put up a fight up at all, the two games we needed a point, and we should have shown our character. The way we played before, a point should have been a possibility for us without a shadow of a doubt.”