Scottish Championship club Dundee have parted company with manager John Brown by mutual consent.
The decision was reached despite the club's current position - second to leaders Falkirk on goal difference.
Dundee have taken just one point from a possible nine but had won five of their previous six league games.
Brown, a popular figure during four years as a player at Dens Park, was appointed temporary manager a year ago before signing a permanent deal in April.
A statement read: "The club agreed with John's expressed view that after recent results, this is the best way forward.
"John stated that he has loved his time at Dundee as a player and as a manager. He still passionately wants Dundee to win the league this season and would share in our pride if we go on to do so.
"The board would like to put on record their thanks not only for his valiant efforts in attempting to keep us in the Premier League last season when no-one gave us a chance, but also for his hard work and diligence in achieving the current points total.
"His work with the youth teams has also seen a dramatic turnaround in the club's fortunes with the reserves also second and a number of our youths in the running for national honours.
"The club expects to move quickly to appoint a new manager, to continue the good work by the management and players to date and to and get us over the line as champions in May.
"We urge the fans to continue to support the club in the superb numbers they have done so far this season."