Dunfermline Athletic

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2021/2022

Dunfermline Athletic

In


Deniz Mehmet (gk) Dundee United; Craig Wighton (att) Hearts; Nikolay Todorov (att) Inverness Caledonian Thistle; Dan Pybus (mid) Queen of the South; Ross Graham (def) Dundee Utd – loan; Reece Cole (mid) QPR; Kai Kennedy (mid) Rangers - loan;

Out


Euan Murray (k)(def) Kilmarnock; Declan McManus (k)(att) The New Saints: Kyle Turner (r)(mid)Partick Thistle); Cammy Gill (sp)(gk) Cowdenbeath; Steven Whittaker (mid) retired; Gabby McGill (att); Lucas Berry (mid); Ben Swinton (gk); Scott Cusick (mid); Ewan Henderson (r)(mid) Celtic – loan ended; Kerr McInroy (r)(mid) Celtic – loan ended; Lewis Mayo (r)(def) Rangers – loan ended; Fraser Murray (r)(mid) Hibs – loan ended; Scott Banks (sp)(mid) Crystal Palace – loan ended;

With new German owners to impress, Dunfermline scraped into the play-offs but no further. Despite a strong opening, the Pars struggled in the second half of the season as the goals dried up. Manager Steve Crawford admitted he was burnt-out and resigned. Peter Grant has taken over the role. Dunfermline have lost their goal-scoring centre-back and captain, Euan Murray, to Championship rivals, Kilmarnock. Last season’s main striker, Declan McManus has moved to Welsh football with the New Saints. Promising midfielder Kyle Turner has also moved to another Championship rival, Partick Thistle. The list leaving the club indicates there was an overreliance on on-loan players. The Pars have boosted their attacking options with Craig Wighton’s loan from Hearts becoming permanent. They have also acquired Nikolay Todorov from Inverness. He was given his chance last season and impressively grabbed it with many goals. Deniz Mehmet provides a safe pair of hands as back up to Owian Fon Williams. However, it seems Dunfermline need more cover in defence. Peter Grant takes over as manager despite overseeing Alloa’s relegation to League One. He is accustomed to playing the underdog, so it will be interesting to see how he adapts at a full-time club. The new owners are looking for improvement and Grant must quickly show he is the man to oversee it.

Target


With their new attacking force, Dunfermline should be looking for a title challenge and at the very least a top 4 finish.

Season Review
2020/2021

№4: Dunfermline Athletic

Dunfermline had a reasonable season but failed to challenge Hearts for the title despite a strong start. Finishing in 4th place, they lost out to Fife rivals, Raith Rovers, at the first stage of the play-offs. Manager Steve Crawford confirmed their failure with his resignation. With new German owners to impress, Dunfermline began with confidence and 4 wins in their first 5 matches. However, the goals dried up and away form remained poor all season (W1 D6 L6). A strong finish saw them squeeze Inverness out of 4th place. When Dunfermline defeated Hearts 2-1 in Round 5, anything seemed possible. But following that day they won only 1 of their next 8 matches. Inconsistency dogged their second half of the season and they were fortunate to reach 4th place. Central defender Ewan Murray and winger Dom Thomas formed a strong combination and provided many goals especially at the start of the season. However, Dunfermline simply did not score enough goals to challenge – no player made it into double figures. Dunfermline had hoped to challenge for the title, but they did not. As one of the bigger clubs in the Championship this can only be viewed as failure. The 5-1 loss in the Fife Derby against Raith Rovers will haunt them for some time. With Crawford departed, it is another fresh start for Dunfermline. With no ‘big’ team in the Championship next season it could be their time strike.


Player of the Season: Euan Murray

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