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John Robertson takes over as East Fife manager

John Robertson assists Hearts coaching
Robertson has recently been assisting with coaching at Hearts

By Chick Young

John Robertson has taken over as manager of East Fife after fellow former Scotland striker Stevie Crawford resigned at the Division Two club.

The 46-year-old former Hearts player and boss takes over with the Fifers sitting third bottom of the table after two consecutive 3-1 home defeats.

Crawford, who was player-manager and had been in charge for 18 months, will remain a registered player.

Robertson's last spell as a manager was in 2007 with Derry City.

He won the FAI League Cup but was replaced with Stephen Kenny by a new board of directors.

Stevie Crawford
Crawford had been player-manager since April 2009

Since then, Robertson - who also managed Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Hearts, Ross County and Livingston - has worked as a BBC football pundit and has coached the strikers at Dundee United and Kilmarnock.

Most recently, he was back coaching at Hearts but now has returned to management.

East Fife's website stated: "The board of directors have today reluctantly accepted the resignation of Stevie Crawford as manager of East Fife Football Club.

"Stevie will remain as a registered player for East Fife."

The 36-year-old Crawford played for Raith Rovers, Millwall, Hibernian, Plymouth Argyle, Dundee United, Aberdeen and ended his third spell with Dunfermline Athletic by joining East Fife in 2008.

He began his New Bayview career as a player but took over as player-manager in April 2009 after the resignation of Dave Baikie.

The Fifers finished in seventh place in Crawford's first season in charge and lie one place further down the table at present.

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see also
East Fife 1-3 Forfar
23 Oct 10 |  Scottish League
Crawford named East Fife manager
27 Apr 09 |  East Fife

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