Rotherham United have sacked manager Alan Knill after a run of 14 games without a win left the Millers facing almost certain relegation to League Two.
The Millmoor outfit are eight points adrift at the foot of League One and 13 points short of the safety mark, having started the season with a ten-point penalty for entering administration.
A statement from the club read: "After intensive talks with Alan Knill and taking into consideration the position of Rotherham United, the board of directors have made the decision to release Alan from his role as manager.
"This action was not taken lightly, but it was felt that this was the only option considering our current plight."
Knill had been in charge of the Millers since December 2005, having previously had a short spell in caretaker charge following the exit of Ronnie Moore in January of the same year.
Mark Robins has been placed in charge of first-team affairs for this weekend's home game against fellow strugglers Bradford City.