Hearts have sacked their manager Craig Levein following a run of poor results.
The Edinburgh club were beaten 1-0 by St Johnstone on Wednesday, a result which left them level on points with bottom side St Mirren.
Levein steps down from the board and leaves his position as director of football.
A club statement said: “The board of directors of Heart of Midlothian Football Club has today taken the decision to relieve Craig Levein of his first-team managerial duties.
“The board would like to thank Craig for all of his efforts as first-team manager.
“Craig has worked tirelessly and selflessly, around the clock, to try to achieve success, despite the many challenges with which he has been faced.”