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Gary Naysmith Returns to Football as Manager of Stenhousemuir FC

Gary Naysmith is back in football as the new manager of Scottish League Two club Stenhousemuir. The 44-year-old former Hearts, Everton, and Scotland left-back brings a wealth of coaching experience in the lower leagues in his homeland to his latest mission after racking up 305 games in three previous hot-seats.

Football Careers client Naysmith, capped 46 times for Scotland in a superb playing career, has won respect as a coach in challenging roles at East Fife, Queen of the South and FC Edinburgh.

Now he becomes Stenny’s 21st permanent manager in their 139-year history as he takes over from predecessor Stephen Swift.

Gary has been looking for the right route back into the game since FC Edinburgh controversially decided to part company with him on the brink of the play-offs in the same division he is now operating in 10 months ago. Naysmith stressed:

“I am delighted to be appointed as manager of Stenhousemuir Football Club. It’s great to be back in football and at such a progressive club with a great structure behind the scenes.

“Brown Ferguson will join me as Assistant, he knows the club well having been here as a player and manager and we’re looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Naysmith inherits a team low on confidence at the moment yet still with a chance to turn their season around. Stenny lie eighth in the 10-team table but bizarrely are just three points off the play-off slots in a cut-throat competition. Club chairman Iain McMenemy said:

“We’d like to welcome Gary on board and look forward to working with him as we look to get our season back on track. We’ve had a disappointing first half of the season but there’s still time to get ourselves up towards the top end of the table and challenge for promotion.

“Gary was very passionate about wanting to come in and work with the boys to bring out their potential and we’re looking at the second half of the season with renewed optimism.”

Naysmith’s mission to put the smiles back on faces at Ochilview begins on Saturday when his new club host fifth-placed Stranraer in a crucial clash.

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