St Johnstone have sacked manager Callum Davidson after a winless run that leaves in a relegation dog fight with six games to go.
The Perth side lost 2-0 at Livingston on Saturday are now only points from the relegation playoff spot after six games without a win.
Only five points separate the bottom four from the Saints in ninth to Ross County at the bottom after the penultimate league game before the split.
St Johnstone confirmed the move on Sunday.
A statement released on social media said: “”We can today announce that it has mutually parted company with manager Callum Davidson.
“Assistant manager, Steven MacLean, will take interim charge until further notice.”
Davidson was in charge of St Johnstone when they won the League Cup and Scottish Cup double in the behind closed doors 2020/21 season.
The club’s chairman said: “First and foremost, Callum is a friend and I hold him in high regard which is why this has been an extremely difficult decision to come to.
“But we had an open and honest conversation and we both agreed that we must do what is right for St Johnstone.
“We must always put our football club first.
“Callum has been a brilliant manager for St Johnstone and led us to that Cup Double in 2021 and then European football.
“But we feel results haven’t been good enough in recent weeks and it’s best for the Football Club to make a change at this stage.
“I’d like to thank Callum for his service and dedication to us and wish him every success in the future.
“He is a St Johnstone legend and always will be.”