I’m going to prove my worth in black and gold

Gary Naysmith
Gary Naysmith

Gary Naysmith says he’s putting everything he can into landing the vacant manager’s job at Bayview on a full-time basis.

The defender was installed as interim boss following the departure of Willie Aitchison last week.

Paul Hegarty was also quickly brought in by the club to assist.

A Fife cup tie with Cowdenbeath was all part of a hectic opening week at the helm which Naysmith says has been a big learning curve.

“I haven’t stopped, between training, watching games, looking at who we can bring in, speaking with Paul Hegarty, the Cowdenbeath game and then preparing for Stenhousemuir,” he said.

“But I’ve really enjoyed it.

“I want the job but I don’t expect things to just change overnight.

“I need to be working hard to make sure that the players build up their confidence and we start getting results so, if I don’t get the job, then I can look at myself in the mirror and know that I did everything I could.

“It’s beginning to hit me now about the differences in the part-time and full-time game.

“You have to make sure you get all your work in when you can on a Tuesday and a Thursday.

“But sometimes players have to work extra shifts, things like that, so you need to be a lot more accomodating.”

Dundee United legend Hegarty has been in the game for decades and Naysmith says it was a no-brainer to bring somebody of his stature into the club.

“I spoke with the chairman about it and I wanted somebody with his experience,” said Naysmith.

“Paul was available and willing to help out.

“He’s a great guy who has done it all in the game as a player, has a lot of contacts, and he’s coached for over 20 years as well.”

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