East Fife name Gary Naysmith caretaker as Willie Aitchison exits

By Jim SpenceBBC Sport
Gary Naysmith (right) in action for East Fife

Former Scotland defender Gary Naysmith has accepted the role of East Fife caretaker manager after Willie Aitchison resigned on Monday.

And the 35-year-old, who left Aberdeen in the summer, is in good position to take the job permanently.

East Fife owner Lee Murray told BBC Scotland: We have had some very good applications already.

"But Gary will get a chance to prove himself. He wants the job and is in pole position if he gets the results."

Former Dundee United manager Paul Hegarty will assist Naysmith on a voluntary basis at the moment.

Willie Aitchison
Aitchison succeeded Billy Brown as manager in June

Naysmith trained with former club Hearts in the summer, but the the Edinburgh club were penalised with a signing embargo for going into administration.

The left-back, who also played for Everton, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town, instead headed to New Bayview as a player.

However, Aitchison exited East Fife with the Methil outfit sitting second bottom of League One and Naysmith is forward to his new challenge.

"It's been a whirlwind," he said. "I started the season playing with Hearts, but because of the embargo couldn't sign there.

"Then I went to East Fife and the manager asked me to become his assistant - now I've been asked to be caretaker.

"I love it, I really enjoy the club. It's non-stop. I can't believe what's happened.

"I'll have to go through the same interview process as everyone else who applies for the job, but I'm really keen to become the permanent manager."

Aitchison, a former coach at Hearts and Cowdenbeath, was appointed East Fife manager in June,