THE MANAGER who signed Iain Davidson for Raith Rovers lasted just eight games.
Davidson, on the other hand, has just completed his eighth season at his home town club.
Claude Anelka’s time at Stark’s Park was as brief as it was unsuccessful – and Davidson is the only survivor from that team.
He admits that the ‘Anelka signing’ tag initially made it tough for him to win over Rovers fans.
That, and his issues staying out of the referees’ bad books.
However, under the guidance of John McGlynn, the 28-year-old has developed into one of the most respected players in division one.
Not only that, he is something of a fans favourite for his all-action performances in midfield, and occasionally, defence.
”It was disappointing that I took a while to win over the fans because I always work hard and try to keep things simple,” Davidson told the Press.
“I was tagged with the Anelka thing for a while, but I just came to the club at the wrong time.
“That’s all gone now. I have a good relationship with the fans – and that’s what you want as a player.
“Of course, that comes with performances, and I feel that the last three years have been very good for me.
“I’ve also stopped picking up silly bookings for things like talking back to referees, which I was bad for.
“As you get older, you get more mature and my discipline has definitely improved.
“I’m just enjoying my football now, and being a local lad, it’s nice to be appreciated.”
Like most of his team mates, Davidson is now out of contract, and weighing up whether to accept the reduced terms on offer at Raith, or try his luck elsewhere, with at least one other club interested.
“I don’t know what the future holds at the moment,” he said.
“The next two weeks will be big ones for me as an individual.
“I’ve been at Rovers a long time and I don’t know what’s around the corner.
“Maybe there’s a fresh challenge out there for me, or maybe I’ll stay here. Time will tell.
“We’ll see what happens in the next week or two.”
The past season produced mixed fortunes for Davidson with injury problems curtailing his appearances – if not his form.
“I’m at the age when I should be peaking and when I’ve played, I feel I’ve done well,” he said.
“But I’ve had a couple of injuries – starting on the first day of the season when I tore my medial knee ligament and missed eight weeks.
“I then had an on-going groin problem, which I later found out was tendonitis.
“With my contract situation I knew I had to play to put myself in the shop window, and to benefit the team because we’ve been at the wrong end of the table.
“I just had to get through it, and I’m delighted we’ve managed to get the job done.”
Davidson was also delighted to sign off the campaign with a victory over Morton, a result which saw Raith steal seventh place from the Greenock club.
“It was a positive end to the season,” he said.
“The last quarter has been a really good one for us.
“We’ve had a more settled team and gelled well – results have proved that.
“In a way I don’t want the season to end because we’re playing well, but at the same time I’m looking forward to the rest.
“I definitely need some time to recuperate after all the injury problems. It’s been a tough season but the lads deserve immense credit for keeping the team up.”