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Ex-Everton defender Naysmith takes over at East Fife

Gary Naysmith has been appointed as the new head coach at East Fife.

The 35-year old former Everton defender has been acting as the Fifers' caretaker since late November but has now been handed the reins permanently, signing an 18-month deal.

Ex-Scotland international Naysmith, who has East Fife sitting seventh on the Scottish League One table, was thrilled to be given the chance to lead the Lowlands outfit.

"When I got to the age of maybe 29/30 I realised that my playing career wouldn't go on forever and that I would like to get into the coaching side or the management side so I started doing my coaching badges over in Northern Ireland and I've worked my way through them, I'm on my last one now," he said.

"I primarily came here as a player and helped out taking the reserves then moved up to assistant manager after a couple of months and then I moved into the caretaker role and I'm delighted that I'm now the permanent manager at East Fife.

"I've spoken to all the managers that I played under and they've been fantastic, I've asked their opinions on one or two things and they've all been great, it's up to you who you want to listen to."

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