Durie waits for Fife job verdict

Robert Sloan challenges for East Fife against Arbroath.
Robert Sloan challenges for East Fife against Arbroath.

CARETAKER boss Gordon Durie says he hopes to speak with East Fife chairman Sid Collumbine in the coming days with a view to taking the manager’s job permanently.

Durie stepped in to take control of the side last week, following John Robertson’s departure from Bayview.

The East Fife chairman told the Mail the decision was made by the board to end the “uncertainty” surrounding the manager’s job, after Robertson publicly spoke of leaving the position because of the distances he was travelling to games and training from his Inverness home.

Durie’s first game in temporary charge saw the Fifers battle back from two goals down against Arbroath at the weekend to snatch a 2-2 draw.

Speaking on Monday, the stand-in boss said: “It’s never easy when a manager leaves his job but I was happy with the character that the players showed against Arbroath on Saturday.

“I spoke to the chairman last week and he asked me to take training on Thursday, and then the game at the weekend. I’m hoping to have another chat in the next few days about the job.

“I want the job,” added Durie. “I’ve been at the club for around 18 months now and I enjoyed my time under John.”

The games are coming thick and fast for the rookie boss, with a Fife derby looming on Saturday against Cowdenbeath following last night’s (Tuesday) scheduled home fixture against Brechin.

“I couldn’t have picked three harder games to start with,” said Durie.

“We want to start pulling away from teams like Brechin, who are just below us.

“It’s fair to say we’ve had a few poor results in the past against Cowdenbeath but, apart from the game at New Year, I think we’ve matched them, so we’re hopeful we can take something on Saturday.”

The Fifers will miss the suspended David White, who picked up two bookings on Saturday, with Steven Campbell also expected to miss out through injury.

John Ovenstone and Paul McQuade are both also struggling with injury; however, midfielder David Muir should return to the fold.