Chris Humphrey has been sacked as Gretna 2008 manager.

The former Jamaica international midfielder left the club alongside assistant manager John Foley after their 5-1 defeat at the hands of leaders Kelty Hearts yesterday.

"Christopher Humphrey and John Foley have been sacked from their positions of manager and assistant manager respectfully at Gretna FC 2008," a club statement from chairman Alex Thomson read.

"We would like to thank them both for their time with us at the club, and we want to wish them well in any future ventures they pursue."

In a lengthy statement on Twitter, Humphrey said: "It's with great sadness and regret that my time at Gretna 2008 FC has come to an end.

"I'd like to thank the staff and officials at the club for my first opportunity in management and wish them all the best for the remainder of the season and [the] future.

"I'd like to pass my thanks on to the supporters and regret that I will no longer attend the fans' forum planned for Monday, December 2.

"I can look back with great pride at the progress made during my time with the club, including the creation of a sustainable pathway that encourages local talent to remain with the club, highlighted by the undefeated Under-18s and the talent it has begun to produce, including Jack Patrick who, at just 16, is now a first-team regular who progressed through the pathway created and another who recently moved to Carlisle.

"In the future, I saw this as a realistic way to help generate funds to help the club progress and invest further."

He added: "I have thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a huge amount during my short time as manager of Gretna and with the team every success under the new management.

"I look forward to my next challenge within football and relish my next challenge as player, coach or manager."

Gretna 2008 currently are in 14th place in this season's 16-team Scottish Lowland League.

Humphrey enjoyed successful spells at Motherwell and Preston during his playing career.

He also had a loan stint with Cumbrian club Barrow, then taking charge at Raydale Park in April.