Former England manager Steve McClaren stepped down as coach of Dutch side FC Twente after a six-match winless streak.
With Twente having been top of the Eredivisie at Christmas, McClaren asked chairman Joop Munsterman for assurances over his future following Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Heerenveen that left them six points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.
"The club is bigger than any one individual and Twente is too big in my heart to stand in the way of its progress," McClaren said in a statement on the club's website.
"After much discussion and deliberation those assurances weren't forthcoming and we have agreed it's in the best interest of the club that I leave."
McClaren's departure brings to an end his second spell as manager at the club he guided to their maiden Dutch league title in 2010. The 51-year-old returned to Twente in January 2012 after short periods in charge of German club Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest.
"Steve made clear that in the best interest of the team it would be better that he stepped down," said Munsterman.Reuse content