INVERKEITHING Hillfield Swifts expect to name a new manager in the next few days.

It was announced on Friday that Jason Dair had left the Premier Division club with a statement saying they had "mutually agreed to part ways".

The managerless Swifts lost 4-1 at Glenrothes on Saturday and will appoint his replacement this week.

Chairman Craig Reid told Press Sport: "We don't have a game until December 2 and one of the reasons we made the change now was to give a new manager two or three weeks to work with the squad and get to know the boys.

"We're speaking to a few people and probably expect to make an announcement over the next few days, definitely this week as we want it done sooner rather than later."

Asked why they had made the change, he replied: "You can see from the league table. There were a number of games we could have done better and we didn't.

"When we're playing and beating better teams, the likes of Sauchie, Dunbar and Dundonald, then we should be doing better against the teams round about us.

"We thought it was for the best going forward and to see if can get a wee reaction."

There are names in the frame for the job and Reid outlined what kind of manager they're looking for: "Our focus at the beginning, when we put a senior team together, was to provide a pathway for young players to progress so the priority for any manager will always be to look internally to help identify and develop the players that are coming through.

"We've got a pipeline for the next 15 years, when you take into account all the age groups we have, so someone with experience and a background of working with young players, who understands there'll be peaks and troughs in their development, and can support and motivate them to improve."

Dair was named as the Swifts' manager in May with his brother Lee working alongside him.

The former Dunfermline and Raith Rovers player, who worked at East End as a coach when current Rosyth boss, Stevie Crawford, was in charge, previously managed Oakley United, Dundonald Bluebell and Hill of Beath Hawthorn.

During 13 league games in charge, he oversaw three wins, two draws and eight losses.

Although they were knocked out of the Alex Jack Cup in the first round, Swifts are in the fifth round of the East of Scotland Qualifying Cup thanks to wins over Whitburn, Pumpherston and Fauldhouse United.

Announcing his departure, a statement said: "The club want to announce that the Swifts and Jason Dair have mutually agreed to part ways.

"We appreciate Jason's contributions and dedication to the team during his tenure.

"We wish Jason all the best in his future endeavours and we will provide further updates in due course. Thank you for your continued support."

In their first game following Dair's departure, Inverkeithing fell to a 4-1 loss at Glenrothes on Saturday, leaving them just two points above the relegation zone.