Hibernian have announced that manager Pat Fenlon has left the club.
The Dubliner, who joined Hibs from Bohemians in November 2011, was under pressure after Hibs crashed out of the League Cup to city rivals Hearts in midweek.
After the 1-0 defeat he vowed to fight for his position but has decided to go following adverse comments from a number of Easter Road fans.
"It's a very difficult decision," he said. "I've been here a little while now and I love the place really.
"I have to be fair to everyone and it's the right decision to make at the right time, but Wednesday wasn't the reason behind why I stepped down.
"I'm not being funny about this, but I was more disappointed about last Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Aberdeen.
"The players gave everything but we just didn't get the break of the ball on Wednesday.
"It's a culmination of three or four games that I wasn't happy with and now is the time to go. I'm convinced we have improved the football team. We have a real good squad and real good staff.
"I've been mulling the decision since Aberdeen and decided probably within the last 24 to 12 hours. I haven't told the players yet but I will speak to them in the morning. It will be difficult but the right thing to do.
"A lot of the negativity has been said about me so I think it's right that I take myself out of the situation.
"The supporters' feelings are always important to me but I have no problem with them. It's their club and we are in this together but this is the right decision."
The Easter Road club turned to Fenlon almost two years ago after he guided Bohemians to a league and cup double in 2008, the league title and Irish League Cup the following year and the Setanta Cup in 2010.
Fenlon's right-hand man Jimmy Nicholl will take temporary charge, with former Hibernian boss Tony Mowbray, who left Middlesbrough last month, already mentioned as a front-runner for the vacancy.
Hibs, who face Motherwell at Fir Park on Sunday, are currently seventh in the Scottish Premiership table, just five points off second-placed Aberdeen with 15 points from the opening 11 matches.