Jim McIntyre confident of remaining Dunfermline manager

Jim McIntyre
McIntyre is operating under the shadow of poor form and limited finances

Jim McIntyre insists he has the full backing of Dunfermline Athletic's board as he looks to secure Scottish Premier League survival.

The Pars are four points adrift at the bottom of the table and also exited the Scottish Cup on Wednesday after a 3-2 defeat by Inverness Caley Thistle.

"It has never been raised," the manager said when asked about his own position. "The board are fully behind me.

"They wouldn't be making money available to spend if they weren't."

Dunfermline have failed to win a home match this season and last weekend's home defeat by second-bottom Hibernian was quickly followed by extra-time Cup misery.

But McIntyre is hoping to make one or two signings, although that is fewer than he would have been able to bring in had the Pars progressed to a lucrative fifth-round tie at home to holders Celtic.

"The board are trying extremely hard to make funds available for me in what is difficult circumstances," said the manager, who has offered a contract to former Falkirk, Dundee United and Aberdeen midfielder Mark Kerr.

"It's been very difficult this year, with the crowds in Scottish football in general. All clubs are suffering financially.

"Great credit to the board for trying to make us much available as possible.

"They know that we need to strengthen the squad. I've told them exactly what I think we need and they're working extremely hard to do that."

McIntyre is waiting for a response from Kerr, who has been on trial with Kilmarnock after his release by Greek club Asteras Tripolis, but was coy about other potential signings.

"We're speaking to players, but we just need to wait and see," he said.