Jefferies backs Gretna survival

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SHORTS KILMARNOCK manager Jim Jefferies does not want Gretna to fall into administration – even if the consequent ten-point deduction removes the threat of relegation from Rugby Park.

SPL bottom club Gretna were unable to pay their players this week as their seriously-ill owner, Brooks Mileson, is the only person who can authorise the payments. Jefferies said: "They have done great, Gretna, over the years. They have a hit a bit of a financial problem, but that is their concern and I'm sure they have people to help get them out of it. We hope it does not happen."

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MacPherson said: "Chris is out of hospital and he has a meeting with a consultant. Hopefully, we'll get a better idea of exactly what the problem is.

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COWDENBEATH manager Brian Welsh has been hit with a six-game touchline ban by the SFA. Welsh was reported by referee Frank McDermott for disorderly conduct after last weekend's match against Alloa at Recreation Park. Welsh has until Tuesday to appeal.

HEARTS have named Rob Marshall as the club's new interim head physio after losing David Henderson to Newcastle United.

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BIRMINGHAM City have confirmed that shareholders have rejected Carson Yeung's proposal to co-opt Steve McManaman and Fan Zhiyi on to the board of directors.

BARNSLEY have joined Leeds in their legal fight against the Football League over the 15-point deduction imposed on the West Yorkshire club.