Darrell Clarke has been sacked by Bristol Rovers after a difficult start to the season.
The 40-year-old guided the club to successive promotions from the Conference and League Two during his four years in charge.
But, with Rovers currently in the League One relegation zone, Clarke has left the club after six years at the Memorial Stadium.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Darrell Clarke has been a loyal servant of Bristol Rovers Football Club for nearly six years, initially as John Ward’s assistant, then progressing to first team manager.
“A role in which he has enjoyed considerable success with promotions from the Conference and from League 2 before consolidating the club’s position in League 1 over the last two years.
“This season commenced with optimism and high expectations of a challenge for the play-off places but results and performances have been disappointing.
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“After much soul searching and lengthy deliberations it has been mutually agreed that it is probably in the best interests of the club and of Darrell Clarke to seek a fresh way forward. Darrell leaves the club with immediate effect and on amicable terms.
“The board would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Darrell for the hard work and dedication he has shown to the club and the positive effect he’s had on players, staff and supporters during his tenure.
“Darrell will remain a friend of the club and will no doubt achieve further success in his career after a deserved break. Everyone at Bristol Rovers wishes him well for the future.”
Rovers lost 4-0 at home to Doncaster at the weekend and face a trip to face third-placed Sunderland on Saturday.