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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 September, 2004, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
Anelka stands down at Raith
Claude Anelka remonstrates with former assistant David Martin
Claude Anelka (left) had no previous senior coaching experience
Raith Rovers have relieved Claude Anelka of his head coach duties and are on the look out for a new manager.

Anelka, brother of Manchester City striker Nicolas, will continue in the role of Director of Football.

He had taken charge of the team at the start of the season in return for an investment of 300,000, despite no senior coaching experience.

But Rovers lie bottom of Division One, having gathered just one point from eight games.

Rovers coach Shaun Dennis, who has been turning out as a player for Brechin this season, will take charge of the first team for Saturday's game with Partick Thistle.

A club statement reads: "The decision to separate the roles of Director of Football and Head Coach has been agreed.

"This decision, which was made in conjunction with the club's senior management, will remove any ambiguity on the function and purpose of each role - thereby ensuring clarity of responsibilities.

"In this respect, Claude Anelka, who is currently undertaking both roles, will devolve the Head Coach's role to concentrate fully on his responsibilities as Director of Football.

"Over the next few months, Claude will also assume further specific activities, thereby enabling the Head Coach to concentrate fully on first team strategy, tactics and selection.

"Applications for the position of Head Coach have already been received - although no firm decisions have been made at this time - and further submissions are invited."

Former assistant and director of football David Martin quit the Kirkcaldy club last month, while strikers' coach Gordon Wallace left for Dundee.

Anelka brought in John Hollins to replace Martin, but the former Chelsea manager also left last week after differences of opinion with Anelka.

Gordon Dalziel, who was in charge at Ayr United for six years, has become an early favourite for the job on fans' websites.

Former Alloa manager Terry Christie is another being linked with the new vacancy.






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