Inverness Caledonian Thistle have parted company with manager Craig Brewster.
After a run of seven consecutive league defeats, the Highland club sit bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table, one point adrift of 11th-placed Falkirk.
Brewster was in his second spell at the club, having resumed control of the team in August 2007.
Assistant manager Malcolm Thomson has also been asked to leave, so football director Graeme Bennett has been asked to take over on a temporary basis along with first-team coach John Docherty and goalkeeping coach Stuart Garden.
Brewster, 42, who enjoyed a successful stint as player-manager before leaving for Dundee United in January 2006, came under pressure from fans in recent weeks and travelling supporters were calling for his head after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Hamilton Academical.
Caley chairman George Fraser told www.bbc.co.uk: "This decision was not taken lightly but we feel it is in the best interests of the club looking forward.
"We thank Craig and Malcolm for their endeavours and extend our best wishes to both for their future.
"The process of identifying a new management team is under way with the target of an early appointment geared to ensuring that the club retains its SPL status for the 2009-10 season."Reuse content