Burnley have sacked manager Brian Laws following a run of form that has seen them win just three of their last 11 games in all competitions.
The Clarets slipped to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Scunthorpe on Tuesday, and chairman Barry Kilby confirmed it had been the final straw for the Turf Moor board.
He told the club’s official website: “I have telephoned Brian today and have asked him to step down as manager of Burnley Football Club.
“Everyone is naturally disappointed and frustrated that recent results have not gone as we would have hoped.
“The Board of Directors has therefore decided that we need a fresh approach in order to achieve our goal of returning to the Premier League.”
Laws was a surprise appointment by Burnley last January following the departure of Owen Coyle to Bolton, but could not prevent them being relegated from the Premier League.
The former Scunthorpe and Sheffield Wednesday boss leaves Burnley with the club currently ninth in the Championship.