Paul Ince has left his position as manager of League One outfit Notts County by mutual consent after just five months in the job.
The 43-year-old took the role in late October, but with the club losing their past five games and sitting just two points outside the League One relegation zone, the axe has fallen on the former England international.
Notts’ chief scout Carl Heggs will take the reins for Tuesday’s league match with Rochdale.
“It was with a heavy heart that the board called a meeting in the aftermath of our defeat by Oldham (a 2-0 loss at home),” club chairman Ray Trew said.
“The recent run of results, which saw us win just once in March, meant that we were all in agreement that we had to address the situation.”
“When we sat down to discuss the matter with Paul, it became clear that we were in agreement that a parting of the ways would be the best way forwards for all parties.”
“I would like to place on record my thanks to Paul for his effort and commitment during his time at Meadow Lane, I am certain that under other circumstances things could have been very different, but we believe that this decision is in the best interests of both Paul and the club.”
As a player Ince was an uncompromising midfielder who represented, among others, West Ham, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool.
Since turning his hand to coaching, Ince has been in charge of Macclesfield, MK Dons and Blackburn Rovers, where he was sacked after just 29 games in charge.
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