Chester FC have tonight confirmed manager Steve Burr's contract has been terminated with immediate effect.
With four games to go as the club battles for National League survival, the board of directors have sacked the 56-year-old, who had been in charge since January 2014.
Burr departs with the Blues four places and four points above the relegation places following a dreadful run of form in which his team registered three wins from 22 league games.
The club released a statement at 8pm on Thursday confirming the ex-Kidderminster Harriers boss had been dismissed.
First-team coach Jon McCarthy and club captain Ian Sharps will oversee the final four games of the campaign, starting with a trip to Lincoln City on Saturday.
"Following a meeting earlier this afternoon, the board of directors at Chester Football Club have decided to terminate the contract of first-team manager Steve Burr with immediate effect," read the board's statement.
"We are sure that all our supporters and followers will appreciate that as a fan-owned club this has not been an easy decision for us to make.
"However, given the recent extended run of poor form and results we believe this to be in the club’s best interests given our current situation.
"The board have asked first-team coach Jon McCarthy to take the remaining four games alongside club captain Ian Sharps given their knowledge of playing staff.
"Naturally, as a club we thank Steve for his contribution over the last two years and wish him well for the future.
"We will announce arrangements for the appointment of Steve’s replacement in due course."