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Last Updated: Monday, 2 May, 2005, 11:37 GMT 12:37 UK
Dunfermline call time on boss Hay
Dunfermline manager Davie Hay
Hay has had a terrible season at East End Park
Dunfermline Athletic manager David Hay has left the club with three games of the season remaining.

The Pars, who slipped to the bottom of the SPL on Saturday, have also parted ways with assistant Billy Kirkwood and first team coach Paul Hegarty.

"Our record sums up a poor season," said chairman John Yorkston. "Davie is a battler and he knows why we are taking this decision now.

"There will be something fresh for Saturday when we play Dundee."

Dunfermline are now three points behind 11th placed Dundee, who visit Fife this weekend.

Hay and Kirkwood moved to Dunfermline in the summer after leaving Livingston.

The pair were recruited after Jimmy Calderwood and Jimmy Nicholl left for Aberdeen.

The Pars finished fourth in the league last term and reached the Scottish Cup final.

Hay, who won the CIS Insurance Cup with Livingston last season, was previously in charge at Celtic, Lillestrom, Motherwell and St Mirren.

He helped win Livingston promotion to the SPL in 2001 and guided them to an amazing third place finish in their first campaign in the top flight.

Coaches Craig Robertson and Hamish French will oversee first-team training at Dunfermline while the club decide on a management team for the weekend.

The club's director of football, Jim Leishman, could make a dramatic return to the dugout in a bid to stave off relegation.

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