STIRLING Albion have sacked manager Jocky Scott after a seventh consecutive defeat, which has seen the Binos slump to the bottom of Division Two.

Scott and assistant manager, John Blackley were dismissed on Sunday evening following the crushing 4-1 defeat to Airdrie United the day before.

Speaking exclusively to Stirling News, Scott expressed his disappointment and regret at his departure.

He said: "Of course I'm very disappointed at the decision. The poor results of the last few weeks have led to this and myself and John (Blackley) have paid the price for that.

"Things have been said over the last few weeks by the fans and people involved with the club. The fans were clearly not happy and that's understandable. But at the end of the day, John and I did our best. Unfortunately when things go wrong it's the management that are singled out as the ones that have let everybody down.

"Fans will always have a say regardless of whether they own the club or not and they'll always have a say in what happens to managers. That goes with the territory and both myself and John wish the players all the best for the rest of the season and the future." Blackley echoed Scott's comments, adding: "I feel like we've let people down, but unfortunately some things just don't work out. I want to see Stirling survive the drop this season and hopefully the next man to come in can help them turn the corner." Experienced defender, Greig McDonald has been appointed caretaker manager, with Marc McCulloch and Shaun Fagan assisting the 29 year old on the sidelines for tonight's (Tuesday) match against Forfar.

McDonald said: "I've spoken to all the players and we're all really disappointed, but we understand that sometimes these decisions have to be made in football.

"I'm just helping the club out for the time being, to help some of the younger players who have maybe not lost a manager before. We need to treat this as a fresh start and on Tuesday I want the guys to go out relaxed, play their game, express themselves and win.

"It would be stupid of me to look any further ahead. I'm just 29 years old and having just come back from a long term injury I want to enjoy being on the pitch a while longer. Maybe a few years down the line, but not now." Scott was appointed manager at Doubletree Dunblane Stadium in January, after the sacking of John O'Neill, and led the Albion to just five wins in his 38 games in charge.

Former Alloa boss, Allan Maitland has refused to rule himself out of the running for the vacant post, having been installed as the bookmakers' favourite, although he did admit that to Stirling News that 'it'd be difficult' given his links with Stirling's local rivals.

Former Falkirk manager, Eddie May has also been touted for the role, although Stirling News understands that he is reluctant to leave his current post as a full time youth coach at Rangers.