Former Huddersfield Town full-back Gary Naysmith is making a success of his first job in management.

The 37-year-old ex-Everton and Scotland player has guided East Fife to promotion from his country’s fourth tier as champions.

And having been linked with Queen of the South, he has now extended his contract at Bayview in the coastal town of Methil.

Chairman Jim Stevenson says Naysmith, who made 45 Town appearances between 2010-12 and still turns out for the Fifers when needed, has helped put a smile back on the faces of the fans.

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“I always sound like a broken record because I say it all the time, but there’s no I in team,” he said.

“The players have been fantastic on the park but there are so many people behind the scenes who have helped lift us.

“It’s all down to team work.

“This is a family club, with a family atmosphere, and it’s something that we have back again.”

Naysmith, who began his career at Hearts and also played for Sheffield United and Aberdeen as well as winning 46 caps, has been at East Fife since the summer of 2013, originally as a player only.

He then became assistant manager and took over in December 2013 after Willie Aitchison left.

Stevenson added: “Gary and the management team are really hard workers.

“He’s still learning the job and is learning more every day.

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“We want to be prepared for next season so we have players signed and friendlies fixed up.

“It will be difficult for us, there’s no doubt about that, but I don’t see any reason why we can’t have a good go at it.”

Founded in 1903, East Fife last played top-flight football in 1974.

They were the first club to win the Scottish League Cup three times (1948, 50 and 54) and are the only club to win the Scottish Cup while playing outside the top tier.

That 1938 achievement, when Kilmarnock were beaten 4-2, will be equalled on Saturday, when Rangers take on Hibernian in this year’s final at Hampden.