Leishman takes over as Dunfermline fight to stay in top flight

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Jim Leishman has been given the daunting task of trying to keep Dunfermline in the Scottish Premier League. Davie Hay parted company with the club on Monday just hours after he had been given a vote of confidence and now Leishman, the club's director of football, has been appointed caretaker manager for the remaining three matches of the campaign.

Jim Leishman has been given the daunting task of trying to keep Dunfermline in the Scottish Premier League. Davie Hay parted company with the club on Monday just hours after he had been given a vote of confidence and now Leishman, the club's director of football, has been appointed caretaker manager for the remaining three matches of the campaign.

The chairman, John Yorkston, said: "We have made a decision now and Jim Leishman has been asked to take charge for the remaining three games of the season. We feel that all we are missing is some extra spark and I am certain that Jim will bring that to the players."

The former Livingston manager will now have to raise spirits before their final games with Dundee, Dundee United and Kilmarnock as they attempt to claw back the three-point gap.

The club's Supporters' Trust have joined forces with Yorkston to attack the Scottish Premier League board for voting to outlaw East End Park's synthetic surface for next season. Having parted company with Hay, the ban on the controversial plastic pitch comes as another huge blow to Dunfermline and prompted Yorkston to threaten legal action against the SPL.

The SPL board, chaired by Lex Gold, includes critics of the surface such as the Dundee United chairman Eddie Thompson, and the Rangers vice-chairman, John McClelland. They vetoed the Uefa-sponsored synthetic turf but the fans have hit back.

A Trust spokesman, Brian Macauley, said: "All those people just have their heads in the sand. Some of the bigger clubs can afford to change the turf a few times a season but we have not got that sort of money."

The Scottish Football Association's disciplinary committee met yesterday to discuss the worrying rise in missile-throwing incidents in the top flight this season.

The SFA discussed letters they had received from Hearts and Hibernian in the aftermath of the Edinburgh derby coin attack on the referee, John Rowbotham, last month.

The committee also discussed the incident which occurred at Pittodrie on Sunday when Rangers' Fernando Ricksen claimed to have been hit by a coin.

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