Manager: John Hughes
Following a seventeen year playing career that included spells at Berwick Rangers, Swansea City, Falkirk, Celtic, Hibernian and Ayr United, John “Yogi” Hughes took his first steps into management in 2003 with Falkirk. He guided the Bairns to promotion into the Scottish Premier League in 2005 and kept them in the league for four seasons. He also led them to the 2009 Scottish Cup Final when they were narrowly beaten by Rangers 1-0.
After six years at Falkirk, he moved to Hibernian at the start of 2009-10 season and took the Hibees to Europa League qualification in his first season in charge after they finished fourth in the league. Following his departure from Easter Road, he took over at Livingston in February 2012 where he spent nine months before joining a struggling Hartlepool United where he quickly secured a Manager of the Month award, although he could not manage to keep them up despite a good run of results. Yogi was appointed Inverness Caledonian Thistle Manager in December 2013 and famously led them to Scottish Cup triumph in 2015.
He was named PFA Scotland Manager of the Year for 2014-15 and Scottish Football Writers Manager of the Year for the same season. During his managerial career, he has led Hibs, Falkirk and ICT into Europe, the latter two for the first time in their history.
John took over as Raith Rovers manager on 10th February 2017.
Assistant Manager: Kevin McBride
Kevin began his footballing career at Celtic, before going on to play for Motherwell, Falkirk, Darlington, Hibernian, Hamilton, Dundee and Airdrieonians.
He retired from playing in late 2015, choosing to concentrate on a coaching role at Airdireonians – and being promoted to first team coach in May 2016.
Kevin was brought in to Raith Rovers to assist manager John Hughes after the club’s change of management team in February 2016. It’s not the first time he’s been at Stark’s Park, having been loaned from Hibs in 2011 when he made 7 appearances.
Head Coach of Player Development Squad: Craig Easton
Craig’s professional playing career started at the age of 17, spending 9 years with Dundee United making over 200 appearances for the Tannadice club. He joined Livingston in 2004 spending a season with the West Lothian club before moving south to join Leyton Orient. He stayed 2 seasons and made 71 appearances before joining Swindon Town in 2007 where he reunited with Paul Sturrock. In 2010 he moved to Southend United and a year later moved to Dunfermline in August 2011. He joined Torquay United in June 2012 and went on to make 21 appearances.
Craig is a UEFA A Licenced coach and has good experience of developing young players at Torquay United’s academy and preparing them to join the senior ranks. Craig is described by former colleagues as the ultimate professional and we are sure he will be an excellent role model for our Player Development Squad.
Goalkeeping Coach: Wayne Henderson
Wayne was brought to Raith Rovers by Craig Levein in 2006. His previous playing experience had been as a striker for Newburgh and St. Andrews Utd at junior level. Wayne got into goalkeeping coaching through ex-Dundee keeper Paul Mathers. He helped coach the youth keepers at both Dundee and Dundee Utd. Wayne also has experience coaching the Scottish Women’s team. Wayne became an integral part of John McGlynn’s backroom staff and carried that on under Grant Murray, Ray McKinnon, Gary Locke and John Hughes. Although he grew up as a Dundee fan, Wayne has now been to a Scottish Cup semi-final with Rovers, lifted the Ramsden’s cup and is firmly now a Rovers fan.
Club Doctor: James Parris
Dunfermline GP James joined Rovers in summer 2015.
The popular Bermudan came to Scotland to study medicine at Aberdeen before moving to Fife with his family and provides medical cover at home matches.
Club Doctor: Katy Green
Katy studied medicine at Dundee University before returning home to Edinburgh.
She currently works for NHS Fife as an orthopaedic registrar. Katy previously played rugby for Scotland Women and has worked with the Scottish Rugby Union as well as Hearts and Kilmarnock football clubs. She joined Raith Rovers at the start of the 2016/17 season after working with former Manager Gary Locke at Kilmarnock FC and provides medical cover at away matches.
Sports Therapist: Stuart Phin
Stuart joined Raith Rovers in summer 2015 from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
The Glasgow–based Sports Therapist is a vital part of the Rovers backroom team, responsible for treating a wide range of injuries on matchdays and at training through the week.
Sports Scientist: Dave Sykes
Dave joined the backroom team in September 2016 on a part-time basis having previously worked with former Manager Gary Locke at both Kilmarnock FC and Hearts.
Dave, who is responsible for players physical development, holds an applied PhD in Sports Science and is both a BASES Accredited Physiologist and UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach.
In addition to his work with Raith, Dave currently lectures at the University of Edinburgh, tutors for The Scottish Sports Council and provides applied support to a number of National Governing Bodies including Scotland National Youth Football squads.
Performance Analyst: Andrew Tannahill
Andrew studied Sports Coaching at the University of the West of Scotland.
He joined Raith Rovers in December 2016 having previously worked with the first team at Queen of the South, and the youth academies at St Mirren and Partick Thistle.
His role is to provide both team and individual analysis through match footage and statistics.
Andrew is also tasked with providing detailed analysis on upcoming opponents.
Kit Man: Simon Pollock
Lifelong Rovers fan Simon has been employed as Kitman since summer 2015, responsible for all aspects of the players matchday and training attire. He has also served on the committee of the Raith Rovers Football Supporters Club for a number of years.