Bayview squad welcomes experienced assistant

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A CHANCE conversation with former Scotland striker Billy Dodds helped East Fife gaffer Gordon Durie land new assistant, Gordon Chisholm.

Chisholm, a former Dundee United, Dundee and Queen of the South manager, joined the Bayview set-up last week.

He was actually joined by Dodds for a training session, with Durie paying tribute to the impact the duo had on the side, helping them in their preparation before Saturday’s 4-0 win at Dumbarton.

Speaking to the Mail on Monday, Durie said: “I was speaking with Billy about needing an assistant but never thought ‘Chissy’ would come in.

“But I spoke with him and he said he wasn’t doing anything, so would be happy to come down.

“I played with him at Hibs and he’s somebody I’ve kept in contact wtih over the years.

“Billy Dodds has worked with him before and said he’d like to come down as well when he was able to.

“I told him I had no problem with that at all, and you could see by the way the boys played on Saturday how they responded to them.

“If they keep playing like that, then Billy can come down every week.”

Saturday’s win was welcome, not just for keeping the Fifers in touching distance of the play-off zone, but also because it ended a long run of defeats, some of them heavy, at the hands of Dumbarton.

“It was long overdue,” admitted the manager.

“We were delighted with the performance and the result.

“There were times in the game when we rode our luck a bit, and Michael Brown made a few tremendous saves.

“It was great to get the four goals but I’m just as happy to get the clean sheet.”

This weekend, East Fife make the trip up to Glebe Park to face a Brechin side who sit just one point behind the Fifers.

A victory would give the Methil men a nice four-point cushion over them, though, as they head into the last few games of the season.

“It’s a big one for us,” said the manager.

“We played them a couple of weeks ago and it finished 2-2, which I thought was a fair result.

“They are a good side and hard to beat.”

David Muir returned from injury on Saturday and should step up his recovery this week.