Robbie Neilson has left East Fife to take up a youth development post at Hearts.
The defender was added to Bayview manager Willie Aitchison’s coaching staff after arriving as a free agent in the summer and also appeared on the field for the Fifers.
Club chairman Lee Murray, though, revealed that the disappointment of losing Neilson had been tempered with some equally positive news.
He said: “I’m disappointed about it but the good news for us at the same time is that Gary Naysmith has agreed to step up to player/manager.
“Not only that, he’s agreed to stay until the end of the season, we thought he’d only be here until January, and he’ll have the option of another year on top of that.”