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Football: Raith fans in plot to get rid of Claude.

RAGING Raith fans are planning to stage a mass demonstration at tomorrow's clash with Queen of the South unless boss Claude Anelka is sacked immediately.

The Stark's Park board met yesterday to draw up a plan of action t and I am really excited a claimed one point from a possible 21.

Anelka's reign as manager has been disastrous but he has already insisted he doesn't fancy a move upstairs to the role of director of football.

Anelka's assistant John Hollins looked the likeliest candidate to step into the hotseat.

But their relationship is now so bad that the former Chelsea boss has refused to work with the Frenchman while he continues to have a say in footballing matters.

However, Hollins is unlikely to emerge the winner in the duel as Anelka has pledged pounds 320,000 over two years to the club.

Hollins MBE, who only arrived in Kirkcaldy last month, may now wash his hands of the whole mess and walk away from Rovers.

Reserve team coach Shaun Dennis is one name being considered by the board for the post of team manager Harrison, A Hal walk away. GWENT DRA supporters are set to vent their anger if Anelka is still in the hotseat come tomorrow.

The fans' chat room - recently switched from the official website to a neutral host - was jammed yesterday with fans mobilising against the board over the Frenchman, who has not taken training all week.

Demonstrations ranging from boycotts, walk-outs and balloon protests have been discussed.

It is clear Anelka's s come as a shock Park manager is drawing to a close though his future role, if any, remains a mystery.

One fan said: 'I have never missed a game out of choice but I won't be back until this shameful episode in the club's history is over,' When Anelka walked into Stark's Park this summer he promised he would catapult Rovers into the SPL within two years and free-flowing football.

However, at the time the decision to appoint him split the club's ders' clas the middle and the situation has now reached breaking point.

Last night s fail official refused to be cts of kn developments.

He would only issue a 'no comment'.


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Date:Sep 24, 2004
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