THE chairman of Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts said that it was "maybe a wee bit of fate" that they managed to quickly secure Jason McCrindle as their new manager.

Craig Reid has spoken of his delight at securing the former Luncarty gaffer, who he described as "a very positive individual", to take up the position with the East of Scotland League, Premier Division side.

Earlier this month, the Dalgety Bay based club "mutually agreed to part ways" with Jason Dair, who had taken over in the summer, after winning just three of his 13 league games in charge.

Despite interest from other candidates, the Swifts committee turned to McCrindle, who departed Perth-based Premier Division rivals Luncarty on November 10, having guided them to the second round of the Scottish Gas Scottish Cup.

Inverkeithing will play their first competitive game with McCrindle at the helm this Saturday, in a Fife derby at home to Hill of Beath Hawthorn, but have played two friendlies under the new boss.

Dunfermline Press: The Swifts will play their first competitive game under their new boss this weekend.The Swifts will play their first competitive game under their new boss this weekend. (Image: David Wardle.)

Those ended in a 3-2 win over Whitehill Welfare, and a 2-0 defeat to Newtongrange Star, at Stark's Park on Saturday, and Reid told Press Sport that the club are optimistic that McCrindle's appointment will prove to be a shrewd one.

"It was maybe a wee bit of fate. Things aligned quite quickly," he said.

"We didn't know that Jason was no longer going to be at Luncarty, and Jason was known to the club - not specificially me - but via some of our other committee members who had worked with him in the past. He came highly recommended from a coaching perspective because he had previously been involved in this neck of the woods, with Burntisland Shipyard and things like that.

"We spoke to a few candidates and Jason came across really, really well. He spoke really well about the development of youth, and you could tell quite quickly he aligned with the thoughts and beliefs of the club, with regards to what we're trying to do with giving our players the opportunity to play senior football, developing them, and working closely with the under-20s.

"He's a very positive individual. He has great experience from a coaching perspective, so we just thought, after a couple of wee meetings, he was the right guy for the job.

"The first time I met Jason was the night that they (Luncarty) beat us down at Dalgety Bay (2-1 last month), and I was quite impressed with the set up, and the way in which his team played the game that night. I was quite impressed with Jason and how he conducted himself on the sidelines.

"He's had loads of successes over the years, which is great. He understands how to put a team on the pitch, shape them up, be organised, and understands how to work with younger players in a positive fashion.

"Those boxes were ticked and, as a committee, that's why we decided to proceed with Jason.

"We had interest from other parties who had done really well in the game as well, but we wanted fresh, knew thoughts, and definitely one of the big boxes to tick was going to be their thoughts on working with, and developing youth players."

McCrindle has had time to get to know his players before his first league game in charge, and Reid added: "He's had roughly three weeks training, and two matches, to get to know the boys, try and instil in them his thoughts regarding how he wants them to play, which is very attack-minded, but with a lot of time with the ball.

"That's great, because we've got some really cracking, technically gifted players, and we want to try and make the most of that.

"We'll see how we get on on Saturday.

"Circumstances will dictate what the result will be, but if we've been doing the basics properly, then we're all convinced that, with a bit of luck, results will come.

"It's just consistency and a wee bit of luck. I think we've got, maybe, 17 games until the end of the season, so there's enough games, and there's enough points up for grabs to go on a wee bit of a run.

"We've got the Haws, then we've got Penicuik at home, and then we're away to Kinnoull, so it should be an interesting December for us. Hopefully we can pick up some points, and then we'll get a little bit of a Christmas break, and then back in post-Christmas."

Saturday's game, at Dalgety Bay Sports and Leisure Centre, kicks off at 2pm.