Gary’s the man as Fifers make their decision

Gary Naysmith.
Gary Naysmith.

Gary Naysmith is expected to be handed the keys to the East Fife manager’s office on a permananent basis, the Mail understands.

Naysmith had been given two games to impress the current board and, following consecutive wins over Stenhousemuir and Airdrieonians, the former Scotland international has now done enough to land the hot seat.

Club chairman Lee Murray has previously spoken in the Mail of how Naysmith, who was brought to the club by previous boss Willie Aitchison, would be given both games to show he was capable of reversing the side’s indifferent form this term.

Firstly the Fifers saw off Stenny at Bayview, thanks to a Gary Fisher effort, before an own goal, a Ross Brown header and a Stephen Hughes free-kick wrapped up a win over Airdrieonians.

The Mail understands the current board of East Fife has now made its mind up that Naysmith is the man to guide the club through to the end of the season at least.

An official announcement was set to be made as this paper was being sent to press.

After arriving at Bayview earlier this season, the defender made an immediate impact at left back.

Then manager Aitchison had identified the position as one which was lacking in cover and the board supported him by bringing in the veteran.

He was then offered a coaching role at Bayview and, following the departure of assistant boss Robbie Neilson, was then asked to step into that position.

Aitchison resigned in November and Naysmith was given the following two games to impress.

The Mail understands the defender is highly regarded by current board members, who were keen to keep him at the club.

Naysmith himself also spoke about his hopes to land the job, with Paul Hegarty expected to stay on as assistant.