Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston admitted injuries and misfortune have contributed to their struggles this season, but felt the board had to sack manager Jim McIntyre to inject some impetus into their survival fight.

McIntyre has paid for the club's inability to win at home all season and their position four points adrift at the foot of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. Assistant manager Gerry McCabe will take charge of the team, who do not play this weekend, but Dunfermline have already received expressions of interest in the role.

McIntyre led the Pars to the Irn-Bru First Division title despite cutbacks and his debut SPL campaign as a manager has been undermined by lengthy injuries to the likes of Martin Hardie, Kevin Rutkiewicz and Paul Gallacher. Yorkston told the club's official website: "He was a lovely guy and I am really sorry that we had to do it."

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