Bayview boss relishing clash with his ‘gaffer’

East Fife's Ryan Stewart shows the Forfar defence who is head boy.
East Fife's Ryan Stewart shows the Forfar defence who is head boy.

Rookie East Fife boss Gary Naysmith says he can’t wait to pit his wits against the man he still refers to as ‘gaffer’ at the weekend.

Naysmith will take charge of the Methil men for his first Fife derby when second place Dunfermline Athletic visit Bayview.

East Fife go into the game on the back of a win over Forfar, while the Pars threw away a two goal leadat Brechin, going down 3-2.

Naysmith says he can’t wait for the challenge which will be posed by the side managed by his old Hearts boss, Jim Jefferies.

He said: “I’m looking forward to seeing my old gaffer; I still call him gaffer.

“I’ve spoken to him a couple of times and it’s a good game for us now.

“We’ll go into it full of confidence.

“If we hadn’t won against Forfar it becomes a different type of game and you go in with a bit of apprehension and nervousness.

“We’ll treat them with the respect they deserve because they’re a good team in this league.

“I never played when they beat us 1-0 here but I played when we won 2-1 away.

“They had 85 per cent of the ball but we kept in the game.

“We made a change and got the goals.

“They were very, very good and stretched us, keeping the ball well.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game but it’s one that we and the fans will be looking forward to.”

Naysmith introduced four new signings to the side on Saturday with Kevin Smith, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Stephen O’Neill and Marc McKenzie all making an impact in their first appearance.

Naysmith heaped praise on his entire side for the way they battled back from being a goal down to pick up a 2-1 win.

The win now puts East Fife six points clear of second bottom Arbroath.

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