Struggling Burnley have sacked Sean Dyche with only eight games remaining in their desperate attempt to prevent relegation from the Premier League.
On Sunday, the Clarets go to West Ham United, four points behind 17th-placed Everton.
And chairman Alan Pace has revealed why the club felt compelled to fire its long-serving manager.
Pace stated: “First and foremost, we would want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Sean and his team for their contributions to the club over the previous decade.
Sean Dyche has been a credit both on and off the field during his tenure at Turf Moor, appreciated by players, staff, supporters, and the wider football community.
“However, performances this season have been disappointing, and while making this choice was extremely painful, we believe it is necessary to give the squad the greatest possible opportunity of keeping our Premier League position.
“Under-23s coach Mike Jackson, academy director Paul Jenkins, Under-23s goalkeeping coach Connor King, and club captain Ben Mee have all been asked to lead the team against West Ham on Sunday.
“The process of replacing Sean has commenced, and more announcements to supporters will be made in due course.”