Jim McIntyre joins Bristol City as first-team coach

By Chick YoungBBC Scotland football pundit
McIntyre in the stand in Paisley as St Mirren entertain Kilmarnock
McIntyre in the stand in Paisley as St Mirren entertain Kilmarnock

Former Dunfermline Athletic manager Jim McIntyre has joined Bristol City as first-team coach under Derek McInnes until the end of the season.

The 39-year-old had been doing some scouting for his former Dundee United team-mate after being sacked by the struggling Pars in March.

McIntyre had led Dunfermline to the Division One title last season.

But he was replaced by Jim Jefferies with Dunfermline sitting bottom of the Scottish Premier League.

The former Falkirk, Hearts, Bradford City and Kilmarnock manager drew his first game in charge but has since suffered two defeats as the Pars have slipped six points adrift of second-bottom Hibernian.

Dunfermline have yet to record a win at home in any competition this season.

McIntyre's chances of keeping the Pars in Scotland's top flight had been hampered by the East End Park club having the smallest budget of the 12 clubs.

Now he moves from one relegation battle to another to help fellow Scotsman McInnes, who moved from SPL outfit St Johnstone along with assistant Tony Docherty to take charge at Ashton Gate in October after the sacking of Keith Millen.

McIntyre arrives as the Robins' 1-0 win away to Nottingham Forest lifted McInnes' side a point above third-bottom Coventry City, who are the visitors in their Easter Monday Championship fixture.

The former striker began his senior playing career at Ashton Gate but played only one game, spending a loan spell at Exeter City, before switching to Airdrieonians in 1993.

After spells at Kilmarnock, Reading and United, McIntyre hung up his boots at Dunfermline after being made player-manager following the sacking of Stephen Kenny in December 2007.

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