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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 June, 2004, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
Dunfermline unveil Hay
Davie Hay arrives at Dunfermline with assistant Billy Kirkwood
Davie Hay has brought Billy Kirkwood from Livi as assistant
Davie Hay has been unveiled as Dunfermline Athletic's new manager after signing a two-year deal.

He parted company with Livingston earlier this month and replaces Jimmy Calderwood after his surprise decision to quit East End Park for Aberdeen.

Hay led administration-hit Livingston to CIS Insurance Cup success last season but was told that he was no longer wanted by the club's new owners.

Billy Kirkwood has moved from Livingston to become Hay's assistant.

New Livi head coach Allan Preston moved immediately to fill the gap by appointing Clyde player-boss Alan Kernaghan as his new assistant.

Further changes at Dunfermline see general manager Jim Leishman's role at the club change to executive director of football, with responsibility for player budgets.

For me, it is a great appointment
Dunfermline director of football Jim Leishman
The widely expected changes re-unite the former Livingston management team, 54-year-old Hay having worked under Leishman at Almondvale.

Hay immediately identified the recruitment of a striker and a goalkeeper as his priorities, Scotland international Stevie Crawford having joined Plymouth Argyle and goalkeeper Derek Stillie also leaving the club.

"With Stevie Crawford having gone we need a striker, although we still have Craig Brewster and Noel Hunt," said Hay.

"And, with Derek Stillie having gone, although we have Jamie Langfield there, we will need someone else to give him competition.

"I'm delighted to be coming to a club of Dunfermline's stature. They did exceptionally well last season.

"I feel it is a top-class club. There is a lot to live up to, but I feel the squad is there to maintain that."

Dunfermline had became frustrated by Javier Clemente's reluctance to indicate his likely salary requirements before meeting chairman John Yorkston and decided against interviewing the former Spain coach.

Also on the shortlist were former Burnley boss Stan Ternent, Steve McMahon, previously of Blackpool, former Scotland defender Richard Gough, Pars coach and former Hearts boss Sandy Clark and Hartlepool United boss Neale Cooper.

Leishman said: "The people who were interviewed for the job came across very well and did themselves no harm.

"But, for me, it is a great appointment. Davie and I worked very closely together at Livingston.

"I would have voted for him at a very early stage, but the board did things very thoroughly and interviewed other people. So, when they voted unanimously for him, I was delighted.

"His record and character is fantastic. He has a fantastic CV."

Hay was previously in charge at Celtic, Lillestrom, Motherwell and St Mirren then coach under Leishman and general manager before being called back into the dugout to replace the sacked Marcio Maximo.

He was praised for leading Livi, despite the club going into administration, to the CIS Cup final and the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

However, the new consortium taking over the club decided to promote first-team coach Preston instead of offering Hay a new contract.





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Pars do not interest Smith
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