Naysmith is new East Fife boss

New East Fife boss Gary Naysmith.

New East Fife boss Gary Naysmith.

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Gary Naysmith has been named the new permanent East Fife manager on an 18 month deal.

The former Scotland international had been given two games as caretaker to prove his credentials by the East Fife board.

Naysmith went on to lead the club to back to back victories over Stenhousemuir and Airdrie.

He was officially unveiled on Wednesday morning by club chairman Lee Murray.

Naysmith said he was delighted to be the man chosen to replace Willie Aitchison.

He said: “It feels great.

“It seems like I’ve been caretaker manager for a long time now because we never had a game one week and things seemed to go on a bit.

“But it was important the club took the right amount of time to make sure they got the right person.

“Once that was agreed it just took me a wee while to get my own situation under control and here we are.

“I’m delighted and honoured to be the manager of East Fife.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity and I want us to keep going in the way we’ve started.”

Naysmith arrived at the club earlier on in the season and went on to join the coaching staff shortly afterwards before taking over on an interim basis when Aitchison left in November.

Chairman Murray says he hopes Naysmith and the club would turn out to be the perfect fit.

He said: “He’s off to a good start.

“Gary has been here for the last couple of games and won them so that’s been brilliant.

“We’ll be looking to keep moving forward and achieve the ambitions of the club which is to get to the Championship.

“We’re not saying for this year, but Gary is on an 18 month deal so hopefully he can help us get there.”

Naysmith says he currently has no plans to pull the boots on again for the Fifers as he looks to concentrate on helping the club grow for the dug-out.

“It feels natural,” he said.

“Obviously I’m a bit nervous because it’s a new career, but in terms of the performances and the results the players have delivered, it couldn’t have gone any better.

“The players have been fantastic because there were some things in the lead up to the first game that we didn’t make public.

“The chairman came to watch us train and there was a floodlight failure and things like that.

“The players went out without any real organisation from me on the Saturday against Stenhousemuir and got the win.”

Naysmith added that the club’s first aim remains to stay in League One but he has his sights set on leading the Fifers to better things.

“I have an 18 month deal which is probably longer than East Fife have given managers in the past,” he said.

“It’s important that the club show a bit of stability now.

“That’s why I wanted a slightly longer contract because it’s important that I put my stamp on this group of players and also bring in my own.”