In 2000 he once again replaced Malcolm Blight at the Adelaide Football Club and coached them until 2004. When told he would not continue as coach for the 2005 season, Ayres quit midseason. Though he had been given the opportunity to stay for the rest of Season 2004, he told the Adelaide board that if he could not coach the following year, he would leave immediately. He then walked out of the club's office without shaking hands or responding to media enquiries. He left Adelaide with a 55-52 win-loss ratio. He was replaced by Neil Craig, who coached for the remainder of Season 2004 and was eventually employed full time.
When Matthew Knights was appointed as senior coach of Essendon at the end of the 2007 season, Knights vowed to modernise the club's support staff. Ayres subsequently lost his position as assistant coach and left to "pursue other football opportunities".
Ayres was appointed senior coach of the Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League for Season 2008. Ayres coached Port Melbourne to the minor premiership, but lost the Grand Final to the North Ballarat Roosters.
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