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Jefferies remains hopeful

27 Mar 2013 23:17:37

Jefferies remains hopeful

Dunfermline boss Jim Jefferies is praying administrator Bryan Jackson can maintain his near perfect record of guiding cash-strapped clubs out of danger.

At the Court of Session on Wednesday, the experienced trouble-shooter from accountants PKF was appointed as the stricken Fife club's interim administration manager alongside colleague Robert Barclay.

Jackson has already guided Clyde, Motherwell, Dundee and Portsmouth to safety following financial calamities. His only blip came with Clydebank in 2002, when the company survived but was sold off and reformed as Airdrie United. Jefferies said: "Bryan's not got a decent record, he's got a great record. He's worked at four clubs and they have survived."

Dunfermline owe almost almost £8.5million to owner Gavin Masterton and other directors and were forced to apply for administration to stave off a winding-up order launched by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) over an unpaid £134,000 tax bill.

Jefferies added: "Hopefully the club don't let him down and the people who support the club rally round and help him. He's got a tough job to do and he will need to be as ruthless as he can but it's all about taking the club forward.

"The fans, however, have been fantastic. We just need them to stick with us. We need their support more than ever. Not just to shout us on, but more of them to pay through the gate as every penny is a prisoner."

The decision to grant interim administration at an Edinburgh court hearing meant the meeting with Falkirk could go ahead. But the 2-0 defeat could yet prove to be many of the Pars players' final game for the club.

Jackson will meet with the Pars squad on Thursday afternoon but has warned them he will need to be "brutal" when drawing up his list of redundancy candidates. Despite the defeat, Jefferies' side remain fourth in the Irn-Bru First Division on 41 points, although the manager realises the line-up that has taken them this far will likely be decimated.

"Am I worried about holding onto players? I might not have any option," he said. "I don't want to lose any of them because they have been great to work with and have had a lot to deal with already. But it's not up to me, it's up to the administrators. The club has got to make cuts to survive and it's unfortunate that is what administration is about.

"I had to ask the players again if they wanted to play again because it was going to be the last game for some of them. But none of them put their hand up and how they turned out for a game of football is beyond belief. I'm proud of every one of them. I don't know about my own position. I have just had a brief chat with Brian and it was fairly positive."


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