Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford keen to keep Callum Davidson at East End Park

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DUNFERMLINE boss Stevie Crawford hopes to extend Callum Davidson’s deal at East End Park as he hailed the impact of the highly-rated coach.

The 42-year-old has become a pivotal figure since arriving at the club in February to ease the workload on Crawford and assistant Greg Shields, while adding his experience and knowledge to the management team.

Despite an ultimately disappointing season for the Fifers, Crawford has nothing but praise for the work done by the former St Johnstone, Stoke and Scotland coach, whose short-term contract expires at the end of the current campaign.

Talks with Davidson will come after the futures of the Pars’ playing staff has been decided, nevertheless there is no doubt Crawford wants to keep the dugout trio together.

“We have been so focused on, initially, reaching the playoffs and then trying to stay in the league, that there hasn’t been much time for talks yet,” he explained.

“But just from chatting to Callum over the weeks, I know he has enjoyed the role and is relishing being back in Scotland with his family.

“Callum has worked at a really high level and I’m very thankful for his help. He has helped me and Greg [Shields] under difficult circumstances.

“I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says – likewise with Greg – and we challenge each other on a daily basis. We all see the game in a different light and I will always pick the brains of my staff.

“We take the credit together when things go well and we shoulder the blame together when things don’t go well. They have been a terrific support structure for me and that’s why I would be keen to keep Callum on.”

He added: “In terms of what we do moving forward, we will sit down and have a discussion once we know where we have finished and what players we intend to keep, move on and what we are looking to bring to the club.”

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