Gary Naysmith "looking forward to the challenge" as returns to management at Stenhousemuir

Stenhousemuir have confirmed the appointment of former Hearts full-back and Edinburgh boss Gary Naysmith as their new manager.
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The 44-year-old joins the club after departing Edinburgh in March, and will be joined by ex-Warrior Brown Ferguson as assistant coach. Former boss Stephen Swift left Stenhousemuir in December after a seven-game winless run saw the Ochilview side slumped in mid-table.

Currently, the side sit eighth in League 2 on 20 points, level on points with Bonnyrigg Rose and only three away from the promotion play-off spots.

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"I am delighted to be appointed as manager of Stenhousemuir,” Naysmith said speaking to Warriors TV. “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.”

New Stenhousemuir boss Gary Naysmith led training on Tuesday night ahead of Saturday's game against Stranraer. Picture: StenhousemuirNew Stenhousemuir boss Gary Naysmith led training on Tuesday night ahead of Saturday's game against Stranraer. Picture: Stenhousemuir
New Stenhousemuir boss Gary Naysmith led training on Tuesday night ahead of Saturday's game against Stranraer. Picture: Stenhousemuir

Naysmith has been out of the game since March after being sacked by Edinburgh, who were in League 2 at the time. The 46-time capped ex-Scotland full-back, who came through the ranks at Hearts before joining Everton, has also managed Queen of the South and East Fife.

Stenhousemuir chairman Iain McMenemy added: “I’d also like to thank Sean Crighton for stepping in to take the team over the past few weeks. As expected, Sean approached this with utmost professionalism.”

Captain Crighton took charge of the side on Saturday as they lost 3-1 to Stirling Albion in what was his second match in charge as caretaker.