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.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Milton Keynes Dons assistant manager Stevie Crawford looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Swindon Town at StadiumMK on December 30, 2016 in Milton Keynes, England.
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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.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston during the Scottish Challenge Cup match between Boreham Wood and Dunfermline at Meadow Park on September 8, 2018 in Borehamwood, England.
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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.

CARY, NC - MAY 06: San Francisco head coach Marc Dos Santos (CAN) (left) with NCFC assistant coach Greg Shields (SCO) (right). The North Carolina Football Club hosted the San Francisco Deltas on May 6, 2017, at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC in a 2017 North American Soccer League Spring Season match. San Francisco won the game 2-1.
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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.

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