Gary Naysmith is back in the dugout as the former Everton and Hearts star is named as manager at League Two side Edinburgh City.

A former Scotland international, Naysmith enjoyed a successful playing career, starting out with Hearts before spending seven years with Everton, becoming a fans’ favourite after featuring over 150 times.

Gary Naysmith of Everton scores the first goal

Heavily associated with Everton. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

He also had spells with Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Aberdeen and East Fife, the latter allowing him to take his first steps into management between 2013-16. Naysmith then became Queen of the South boss for three years until 2019 and was most recently Hearts’ loan manager.

Now he is back in senior management with Edinburgh City, who are undergoing major behind the scenes changes. The man Naysmith is replacing as manager, James McDonaugh, has become sporting director and his first task has been to appoint the former Everton and Hearts man.


Naysmith has signed a deal until 2024 and McDonaugh is delighted: “Part of my first task as sporting director was to work together with the board to identify and recruit a new manager. We are delighted to announce Gary; someone who has experience of managing in and also winning this league.

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Former Everton and Hearts player Gary Naysmith s back in football after being named as manager of Edinburgh City. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

“He is a UEFA Pro licensed coach and more importantly, his drive and ambition mirrors that of the board, which makes his appointment even more exciting. I am looking forward to supporting him as the Club’s new manager and am sure he will play a huge role in our continued development.”

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