Gary Naysmith

First Team Manager

  • Date Joined: 1st May 2016
Gary Naysmith is a driven young football manager who has successfully applied his extensive experience in the game as a former international, English Premier League and Scottish Premiership player to forward thinking team management having managed over 150 matches at age 38.

Currently managing Scottish Championship side Queen of the South FC, whom he led to a respectable 6th placed finish in the 2016/17 season after taking over the reigns in December 2016, Gary’s previous managerial role was at Scottish League One side East Fife FC. During his time at the club, East Fife won the Scottish League Two title and Gary was named Scottish League Two Manager of the Year in the 2015/16 season.

Possessing a comprehensive understanding of the football industry as well as a contact network encompassing nearly every manager in Scotland as well as several in England, Gary offers an invaluable resource to a club’s long term future. As a former player who has learned under several successful managers in the game, he has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the next generation of talent in addition to a well rounded perspective on how to maximise a team’s competitiveness on the pitch.
Gary Naysmith

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • UEFA: Pro Licence

    UEFA
    Pro Licence
    2014

  • UEFA: A Licence

    UEFA
    A Licence
    2012

Career History

  • Queen of the South FC

    Queen of the South FC
    First Team Manager
    2016 – Present

  • East Fife FC

    East Fife FC
    First Team Manager
    2013 – 2016

  • Aberdeen FC

    Aberdeen FC
    Player
    2012 – 2013

  • Huddersfield Town AFC

    Huddersfield Town AFC
    Player
    2010 – 2012

  • Sheffield United FC

    Sheffield United FC
    Player
    2007 – 2010

  • Scotland

    Scotland
    International Player
    2000 – 2009

  • Everton FC

    Everton FC
    Player
    2000 – 2007

  • Heart of Midlothian FC

    Heart of Midlothian FC
    Player
    1996 – 2000

Key Achievements

  • Appointed at Queen of the South in December 2016 following an eight game losing streak for the club, before stabilising the team and leading them to a respectable 6th place finish in the Scottish Championship
  • Won the 2015/16 Scottish League Two title with East Fife after finishing 4th in 2014/15 to reach the promotion play-off semi-finals, securing the title with a squad with an average age of 22 years old
  • Named Scottish League Two 2015/16 Manager of the Year,
  • Named Manager of the Month in September 2014, February 2015, August 2015 and March 2016.
  • Utilised a strong contact network to secure young players on loan from higher tier clubs

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