East Fife’s dramatic season takes another twist

Sid Columbine
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GORDON Chisholm has resigned as assistant manager of East Fife.

The 52-year-old had been acting as stand-in gaffer after permanent boss Gordon Durie took ill following the match with Queen of the South in August.

Chisholm had been struggling, winning only one of his seven games in charge, but insisted he called time on his East Fife coaching career last Thursday because of business pressures.

He said: “After being out of football for 18 months, I started up an estate agent business with my wife earlier this year. That has taken up a lot of my time and it was becoming increasingly difficult to combine the roles, as the travelling from my Lenzie home to Methil twice a week for training and then for games is quite lengthy.

“I spoke to the club about it earlier in the week and they were very supportive and asked me to think about things. I did that, and I believe the fairest thing for everyone is that someone else comes in.”

Brian McNaughton and Bob Malcolm have taken over the coaching duties and will be in temporary charge until Durie is deemed fit enough to return.

Bayview chairman Sid Collumbine insisted Chisholm will be replaced but not until Gordon Durie, in whom he has faith to turn around the club’s season, has had a chance to pick who he wants.

He continued: “We can’t do anything about appointing an assistant manager until he is back. I can’t do that for him. Once he picks who he wants, we will make up our minds then.

“I have no doubt we will start climbing the league when Gordon comes back.

“We have a lot of good young players coming through but they are not getting continuity right now, because we have had so many injuries and changes, and that’s why it’s not been knitting.”

Meanwhile, defender Andrew Cook has also decided to resign from the club to concentrate on other interests.

A statement on the East Fife website said the club wished him “all the best”.

The club’s Boxing Day home match against Stenhousemuir has also been rearranged.

It will now take place on the Saturday before Christmas, December 22, at 3pm.