Willie had no luck – but this is a results business

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East Fife are on the hunt for a new manager following the resignation of Willie Aitchison on Monday.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Forfar proved the final straw for the former Hearts youth coach, who won just three games in his five months in charge.

Aitchison replaced Billy Brown in the summer following the much-hyped takeover led by local businessman Lee Murray, however, things have not gone according to plan, and the club currently sits second bottom of League One.

Club chairman Murray told the Mail: “It’s obviously disappointing but we understood Willie’s situation.

“He is a good guy who wants the club to move forward, and he felt he couldn’t do much more.

“You need a wee bit of luck in football and Willie just hasn’t had that - which is a real shame. But this is a results business - and results have not been good enough.

“The fans have been great, but we realise that if things don’t improve we might struggle to keep hold of them.

“We’re all disappointed but we need to try and kick on.”

Despite the poor results, Murray stressed that Aitchison made a positive impact in his short time at Bayview.

“The job was maybe just too much, too quick for him,” Murray explained. “But the young kids have come on leaps and bounds under him.

“We’ve got Lewis Barr breaking into the first team, and Ross Brown is now a regular fixture.

“Maybe a more experienced manager wouldn’t have given them their chance, but the club will only benefit in the long run. It was great working with Willie and we wish him well.”

Recently appointed player assistant-manager Gary Naysmith will fill in as caretaker manager while the club draws up a shortlist of candidates for the job.

“ We don’t have a game until December 7 so we’ve got some time to decide what we’re going to do,” Murray added.