Gary Caldwell has been sacked as Wigan Athletic manager.
Chairman David Sharpe made the decision to axe his manager, one of the least experienced in the English game at the age of 34, with the club sitting second-bottom in the Championship after 14 games.
Caldwell led Latics to the League One title last term, and promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt, winning the LMA League One Manager of the Year award in the process.
But their run of poor results and shortcomings in front of goal, which has seen Wigan score just twice in their last seven matches, has been the final straw for Sharpe.
He said: “It’s undoubtedly the toughest decision I’ve had to make since becoming Chairman.
“We deservedly won the League One title last season.
We need to identify a new manager who can have an immediate impact and deliver success in the long termDavid Sharpe
“However, we have not managed to carry on that momentum into this season and, after careful consideration over a period of time, I feel that we need to act now in the best long term interests of the club.
“We thank Gary for all the hard work he has put in and wish him all the best for the future.
“We need to identify a new manager who can have an immediate impact and deliver success in the long term.”
Latics’ defence has been robust, conceding just four goals in their last seven matches.
Their goal-difference is -3, which is as good as Reading, in eighth - statistics which suggest the table is still in its embryonic stage.
But Caldwell has faced criticism from fans for their stale form, but urged them to remain patient and insisted they were “not a million miles away”.
Latics are being tight-lipped as to whether a replacement for Caldwell would be in place for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff.
The Scot was sacked by Sharpe with Latics sitting in 23rd place in the Championship after 14 games.
It is unclear whether coaching staff member Graham Barrow, who has taken charge as caretaker manager int he past, will assume the role once more until a permanent appointment is made.
The club would also not comment on whether any of Caldwell’s coaching staff would follow him out of the exit door.