East Fife boss Naysmith departs for Queen of the South

East Fife have lost Gary Naysmith to Queen of the South

East Fife have lost Gary Naysmith to Queen of the South

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East Fife are searching for a new manager after Gary Naysmith was confirmed as the new boss at Championship side Queen of the South.

Naysmith will take charge of the Fifers for the final time in a Scottish Cup replay against Edinburgh City on Monday before taking over the reins at the Dumfries club.

Assistant manager Dougie Anderson is also expected to follow Naysmith to Palmerston Park.

The 38-year-old former Scotland international steered the Methill Club to promotion to League One last season but has struggled for form recently, with the Methil club currently without a win in eight games.

Assistant manager Dougie Anderson is also expected to follow Naysmith to Palmerston Park.

Speaking to the Queen of the South official website, Naysmith said: "I'm thrilled to be taking over at Queens, they are a decent sized club with plenty of potential.

"I've loved my time at East Fife and thank them for giving me the opportunity, but I'm delighted to be making the move back to a full time club and being able to work with the players on a daily basis.

"Queens have some decent players within the squad and I'm looking forward to working with them to achieve success".

The East Fife board released the following statement: "Although disappointed to be losing a highly successful and popular duo, everyone at East Fife Football Club would like to thank Gary and Dougie for all their efforts, particularly in bringing the SPFL 2 league championship to Bayview Stadium last season, and would like to wish them all the very best for the future."