FORMER Hearts manager Jim Jefferies has left Dunfermline after almost three years in charge at East End Park.
The 64-year-old replaced Jim McIntyre as Pars boss in March 2012, but was unable to prevent them suffering relegation from the top flight.
Jefferies then had to steer Dunfermline through a difficult 2012/13 campaign when the club entered administration, were docked 15 points and subsequently endured their second relegation in successive seasons. They then lost to Alloa in the play-offs last term after finishing runners-up to Rangers in League 1.
The Fife side started the current season as title favourites but currently sit fourth in the third tier, albeit only five points adrift of leaders Forfar.
Jefferies departs after back-to-back defeats against Stranraer, in the Scottish Cup, and Airdrie, in the league.
Early indications are that Under-20s coach John Potter will take charge of the team for the rest of the season, with Neil McCann continuing as assistant.