Gary Naysmith says the length of contract he has signed at Edinburgh City is a statement of intent as the former Everton and Hearts man steps back into the dugout.

A former Scotland international, Naysmith is well-revered at Hearts and Everton fans hold him in similar standing after over 150 appearances in Merseyside. He will take questions from supporters on Friday via a Facebook and YouTube Q and A after becoming Edinburgh City boss until 2024. He has previously managed East Fife and Queen of the South.

The New Saints v Queen of the South: Irn-Bru Cup

The former Everton and Hearts man is Citizens boss. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Naysmith can’t wait to get started in his new job: “I can honestly say that this is a role that I have been thinking about for a while if it became available and I am unbelievably excited to be getting the opportunity to front up a Club that I believe can become a significant force in the coming years.

“Talks with the Board started over the weekend, and after hearing about their plans for the Club’s future, as well as seeing their obvious passion and enthusiasm, I couldn’t wait to sign the contract and get started.


“The length of the contract is of personal importance to me as it allows an opportunity to build something from within over a period of time and that is something that holds a particular attraction for myself as I would like to make a significant contribution to the club over an extended period of time. 

The New Saints v Queen of the South: Irn-Bru Cup

Aiming for impact. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

“I am also looking forward to working closely with James McDonaugh in his new role as sporting director. I have known James for many years now and we have always enjoyed a good relationship. He did a great job during his spell as manager and I think it is fantastic that he will hold such an important role at the club as we continue to build and move the club forward.

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