Ex-Everton defender Naysmith takes over at East Fife

Gary Naysmith has been appointed as the new head coach 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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