Dunfermline have moved quickly to replace sacked Allan Johnston – confirming club legend Stevie Crawford as their new boss.
Alongside Crawford, former Par Greg Shields will join the management team as part of massive changes at East End Park.
The former striker has been working with the Pars first-team this season so will be familiar with the players.
Shields has been in the US for nine years, playing and coaching with Carolina Railhawks.
Another former Par, Jackie McNamara, has also been hired as a consultant to assist the board.
Crawford was named as ‘head coach’ rather than ‘manager’ so McNamara may take a director of football-type role.
Dunfermline’s statement confirming the appointment didn’t give much detail over McNamara’s role other than saying he would be “offering ongoing technical support.”
It was also confirmed talks were ongoing over adding a third coach to assist Crawford and Shields.
Johnston was sacked with the Fifers sitting seventh in the Championship.
A place in the playoffs is still very much up for grabs this season and Crawford will surely be targeting that.
The change in management may also see an overhaul of the playing staff before January 31st.
Loans and free agents would be most likely but given Crawford’s contacts in the game there may be a few interesting names in the mix.
Crawford’s first game in the dugout will be the visit to Dundee United this weekend.