Nottingham Forest have parted company with Martin O'Neill, just a month before the 2019/20 Championship season kicks off.
The former Republic of Ireland manager only took charge of the club in January following the dismissal of Aitor Karanka, but they have decided that a change was needed ahead of the new campaign.
It comes just days after O'Neill's assistant Roy Keane left the club to pursue his own managerial career, and 24 hours before they play their first pre-season friendly of the summer against Alfreton Town.
An official statement published on the club website said: "Nottingham Forest can confirm that manager Martin O’Neill has left the club. The club would like to thank Martin for all his efforts during his time at The City Ground and wish him well for the future."
According to reports, the Forest hierarchy were forced to act after the players expressed their unhappiness at the former Aston Villa manager's methods. They thought it better to get rid now rather than begin a new season and risk the issues getting even worse.