East Fife’s Gary Naysmith named Manager of the Month
East Fife boss Gary Naysmith has been crowned the Ladbrokes League 2 Manager of the Month for August after a solid start to the season at Bayview.
The Fifers bounced back from an opening day defeat to East Stirling to record three successive wins over Berwick, Elgin and Queen’s Park.
Results have dried up since, but Naysmith was pleased to accept the award and expects his side to return to winning ways in the near future.
“It seems a wee bit strange to be getting the award now as we’ve had two defeats in September but it reflects how well the lads have started the new season,” he told Ladbrokes News.
“We had a big turnover of players this summer and for them to deal with that it’s a big credit to to the boys. It’s nice to get recognition and I’m obviously the focal point of the team but you cannot win anything without the rest of the staff and the players.”
East Fife’s solid start ended with a 2-0 defeat to Annan Athletic at the start of the month and a poor September continued with a 1-0 defeat at home to Arbroath last time out.
Naysmith knows his young side still have a lot of learning to do but the former Everton and Hearts man is adamant that promotion remains a realistic aim for his squad.
“We’re still learning about this young squad as individuals and as a team,” he added.
“We played the same eleven in three home games. We beat Berwick 5-0 in what I think is the best performance since I arrived, we deservedly beat Elgin but then the same side played on Saturday and we lost.
“You can’t always explain it but they are young and they won’t always play consistently and we have to learn to deal with that.”
The 36-year-old welcomes Clyde to Bayview this weekend and while the betting suggests a tight match, odds of 27/20 say his side are the slight favourites to take all three points and put their promotion push back on the right track.
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