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Gordon Durie quits as East Fife manager due to illness

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Gordon Durie has resigned as manager of East Fife. The former Rangers legend, rejoined his first club East Fife as assistant manager two years ago, and subsequently succeeded John Robertson as manager, following his departure in March.

In recent weeks, Gordon Chisholm has been in charge of the first team after Durie had to take an extended break from his managerial role, due to illness. But Durie has had to call time on the Fife job as he tries to battle back to full health.

Speaking to the official club website, Durie said: “I would like to thank all the fans for their messages of support. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish East Fife every success for the future.

“Due to on-going health problems and the uncertainty that has arisen during my absence and with the best interests of the club in mind I have decided to resign as manager of East Fife FC in order to allow the club to move forward.

“It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to manage the club where I started my career.”

Durie spent three years at East Fife as a player in the early 1980s, before making the move to Hibernian. He earned a move down south playing for Chelsea and Tottenham, before he joined Rangers where he earned legendary status with the fans partnering Ally McCoist up front for the Ibrox side. He ended his playing career playing for Hearts.

The forward also won 43 Scotland caps and played in World Cup and European Championship finals.

A statement on the East Fife website, read: “The club would like to thank Gordon for all his work both as manager and as assistant manager. It has been deeply unfortunate that illness has prevented him from carrying out his duties in the way that he and we would have wished.

“We hope his health recovers soon and look forward to his visiting Bayview in the future where he will always be welcome.”

Everyone at Scotzine would like to pass on their best wishes to Gordon and his family at this time. Hopefully he can get back to full health and back into football soon.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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