Gary Naysmith

1st 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 nearly 300 games by the age of 42.

Presently working as 1st Team Manager at Edinburgh City Football Club, Gary previously worked as Loans Manager at Heart Of Midlothian. Before that, Gary managed the Scottish Championship side Queen of the South FC where he twice led the club to respectable top 6 finishes. Gary won the Scottish Championship manager of the month in January 2019. 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


  • Scottish Football Association: Talent ID Level 1.3

    Scottish Football Association
    Talent ID Level 1.3

  • UEFA: Pro Licence

    Pro Licence

  • UEFA: A Licence

    A Licence

Career History

  • Heart of Midlothian FC

    Heart of Midlothian FC
    Loans Manager
    2019 – Present

  • Queen of the South FC

    Queen of the South FC
    2016 – 2019

  • East Fife FC

    East Fife FC
    First Team Manager
    2013 – 2016

  • Aberdeen FC

    Aberdeen FC
    2012 – 2013

  • Huddersfield Town AFC

    Huddersfield Town AFC
    2010 – 2012

  • Sheffield United FC

    Sheffield United FC
    2007 – 2010

  • Scotland

    International Player
    2000 – 2009

  • Everton FC

    Everton FC
    2000 – 2007

  • Heart of Midlothian FC

    Heart of Midlothian FC
    1996 – 2000

Key Achievements

  • 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
  • Scottish Championship Manager of the Month January 2019
  • Scottish League 2 Manager of the Month March 2021

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