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Dunfermline sack manager Jim McIntyre

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An official club statement was published on the club’s website read: “It is with great regret that the Board of Directors at Dunfermline Athletic Football Club have agreed to terminate the contract of Jim Mcintyre with immediate effect.

“All at DAFC wish Jim the very best in the future and would like to thank him for his past contributions, both as a player and a manager.”

The 39-year-old was appointed Dunfermline manager in 2007 and he won the First Division title last season beating Fife rivals Raith Rovers by ten points.

McIntyre has been shown the door after the Fife side failed to win a home game this season and have not won a match in eight games.

Pars chairman John Yorkston commented: “He was a lovely guy and I am really sorry that we had to do it. The Board have decided that it is in the best interests of the Club. We would like to express our thanks to Jim McIntyre for his efforts for the Club and wish him well in the future.

“It was really because of our league position and the home record. We made the decision at a Board meeting on Tuesday night, there were ten directors present but we decided to reflect on our decision until today.

“We felt that it was right to take action now while there was still a chance for someone to come in and freshen things up. We do not have a bad squad, injuries have not helped. We have certainly been the equal of many of our opponents this season but we just didn’t get the breaks.”

Former Kilmarnock and Hearts manager Jim Jefferies is the front-runner for the vacant position. But Yorkston has stated that no successor has been earmarked yet and until that time arrives assistant Gerry McCabe takes charge of first team duties.

Yorkston added: “We will look at folk who might be available instantly but contractual obligations may mean that we go for a short term option if the long term option is not immediately available. The short term solution might become the long term one and it will be up to whoever comes in to decide whether they want to retain Gerry’s services.”

“We will weigh up the options, have a chat over them when we know who is interested.”

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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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