Manager: John McGlynn
Home Sponsor: Kirsteen Wright
Away Sponsor: Mr Shanley’s Barbers
John McGlynn was appointed as Manager of the Football Club for a second time on 25th September 2018.
A native of Musselburgh, John started his playing career in midfield with Bolton Wanderers youth system before playing for Berwick Rangers, Musselburgh Athletic and Whitehill Welfare. Whilst at Whitehill he became involved in the coaching side of the game.
John’s management career started while he was in his 30s; firstly at Easthouses Lily and then Musselburgh Athletic before he was brought into the Hearts coaching setup by Jim Jeffries in 1996. In his 10 years at Tynecastle he had 2 spells as Interim Manager, replacing John Robertson and George Burley in 2005.
John’s managerial stock rose in his 6 years at Stark’s Park from 2006 to 2012, where he turned the club’s fortunes around with a mixture of hard graft and determination, masterminding several memorable campaigns. His first challenge was to restore pride and SFL First Division football to Stark’s Park after relegation which he achieved in his second full season in Kirkcaldy as the Rovers were crowned SFL Second Division Champions in 2008 – 09.
The highlights of John’s time at the Rovers in the SFL First Division are well – documented, with Rovers supporters still recalling with great fondness the Scottish Cup run to the semi-final defeat to eventual winners Dundee United in season 2009-10, which featured a memorable victory against the odds away from home at Pittodrie and then a thrilling quarter final victory over Dundee at Dens Park.
The following season under John’s leadership Rovers mounted a serious challenge for the First Division League title and promotion to the SPL; and despite losing out to Fife derby rivals Dunfermline Athletic in the final weeks of the season, won the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award.
John also managed Hearts and Livingston after leaving Stark’s Park before taking on the role of First Team Scout at Celtic in January 2015, working under Ronnie Deila and then Brendan Rodgers, until taking the reins at Stark’s Park early on in season 2018 – 19.
On 2nd July 2020 it was announced that John had extended his contract to the end of season 2021-22.
Assistant Manager: Paul Smith
Home & Away Sponsor: MEF Ltd
Paul Smith re-joined the Rovers as Assistant Manager on 25th September 2018 alongside Rovers manager John McGlynn.
Hailing from Currie, Paul started his playing career in the youth systems of Dundee and then Dundee United. He signed for Raith Rovers in 1982 under manager Gordon Wallace and thrived under Bobby Wilson where, in a struggling Stark’s Park team in the old Second Division, he struck up an incredible partnership with fellow striker Keith Wright that produced a combined total of 111 goals in the 3 seasons they played together (50 for “Smudger”, 61 for Wright).
His Rovers goal scoring form attracted the attention of Premier League Motherwell and he moved to Fir Park in July 1986.
By the time of his next transfer (to Dunfermline in 1988) Paul had developed into a central midfielder, a position he would remain in until retiring from playing in 1998 and included spells at Falkirk, Dunfermline (again), Hearts, Ayr and Berwick.
Two months after his arrival as a player at Shielfield Park in 1997, Smith was appointed manager of Berwick Rangers, a post he held until 2004 when he got the club promoted to the SPFL Second Division.
After a break away from football, Paul returned to coaching when John McGlynn brought him back to Raith Rovers on a part – time basis as Assistant Manager in 2008. Their time at Raith Rovers was successful and brought silverware to the club when Rovers were crowned SFL Second Division Champions in 2008 – 09.
The Scottish Cup run to the semi-final against eventual winners Dundee United in season 2009-10 was another high point for Paul, as was the following season when Rovers mounted a serious challenge for the First Division League title and promotion to the SPL; only losing out to Fife derby rivals Dunfermline Athletic in the final weeks of the season. Paul continued at the club until August 2014, during which time the Rovers lifted silverware again in the Challenge Cup Final v Rangers at Easter Road. Business commitments caused Paul to step away from football and the Rovers at the end of the 2013 – 14 season.
Paul extended his contract to the end of season 2021-22.
Goalkeeping Coach: Robbie Thomson
Home Sponsor: James Redpath
Away Sponsor: Kenny Ballantyne
Robbie signed for the Rovers after being released by SPFL Championship club Falkirk.
He follows in the footsteps of his father Scott who was of course between the sticks when the Rovers won the League Cup and played in the UEFA Cup in the 1990’s.
Having started his career in the Celtic youth system (joining the Glasgow giants aged 8), Robbie signed a 2 year pro contract in 2012 and was loaned out to Stenhousemuir and Airdrie in season 2012–13 playing a total of 18 games for the Warriors and the Diamonds.
He left Celtic to sign for Rochdale for the 2013–14 season, leaving at the end of that season due to lack of first team opportunities at Spotland, having only played once for The Dale.
Cowdenbeath was his next port of call, where he linked up with former Rovers manager Jimmy Nicholl, playing 32 games in the SPFL Championship campaign and being voted the Supporters Player and Young Player of the season.
Season 2015-16 saw Robbie sign for Queen of the South where he played 30 games before Lee Robinson returned to Palmerston as first choice goalkeeper.
On leaving Dumfries he joined Hamilton on a short-term deal when 3 of their goalkeepers were injured, playing 1 game for the Accies.
Robbie then signed for Falkirk; playing 27 games between January 2017 and May 2018.
In July 2020 Robbie agreed a 1 year contract with the club before the start of the Championship season, extending his contract by a further 2 years to also include Goalkeeping Coach responsibilities.
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 and provides medical cover at matches.
Head Physiotherapist: Stewart Duff
Stewart provides Physiotherapy treatment to the Raith Rovers squad. This includes player rehabilitation, injury prevention and management, and gym-based strengthening programmes. Additionally, liaising with coaching staff daily to keep them informed of player fitness and injuries as well as pitch-side cover on match days.
Stewart has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from Queen Margaret University and a Higher National Diploma in Sports Science. He is qualified in advanced medical and electro acupuncture, advanced osteopathic manipulations, kinesiology taping, sports massage and cupping therapy.
Having worked as a Sports Therapist for several years, Stewart now also runs his own practice SLC Physiotherapy in West Lothian.
Kit Man and Stadium Manager: Simon Pollock
Lifelong Rovers fan Simon has been employed as Kitman since the summer of 2015. Simon is also now the Stadium Manager and took this role up in the summer of 2021.
Along with being overseeing for all aspects of the players matchday and training attire, he is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the stadium.
Simon has also served on the committee of the Raith Rovers Football Supporters Club for a number of years.
Head of Sport Science: Blair Doughty
Blair was appointed to the role of Head of Sport Science in2019.
Blair’s responsibilities in this role include the design, development, management and execution of performance strategies and processes aimed at overall fitness in all areas of training, strength & conditioning, injury prevention, final stage rehabilitation and nutrition with the purpose of maximising player performance.
As well as supporting the Raith Rovers squad as Head of Sport Science for this season Blair will also start work towards an MSc in Sport Performance Enhancement at Napier University.
Before joining the Rovers coaching staff Blair occupied a similar Sports Scientist/Fitness Coach function with Dundee FC First Team Squad. Blair joined Dundee FC in 2015 and for his first two seasons he worked with the U20 squad while working towards and gaining a degree in Sport Science from the University of Abertay in May 17. After gaining his degree Blair was appointment as the Dundee FC club’s first team fitness coach.
Blair also has a Technical Consultancy role (with the athletes nutrient group Soccer Supplement) aimed at positively influencing performance of professional athletes on the pitch
Football Analyst: Andrew Tannahill
Andrew studied sports coaching at the University of the West of Scotland. He first 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.
After leaving to join St Mirren, Andy returned to Stark’s Park last year to assist the club.
His role is to film games and provide match analysis as well as preparing footage of upcoming opponents for the management team.