Motherwell have sacked manager Ian Baraclough after a dismal start to the season.
The Steelmen suffered a 3-2 League Cup extra-time defeat to Morton on Tuesday and lie 10th in the Scottish Premiership following only two wins in their opening eight games.
Baraclough, who was appointed the manager last December, succeeded in preserving the club’s Premiership status after beating Rangers via the play-offs last season.
However, after a disappointing start to the campaign which was compounded by defeat to Championship side Morton, Baraclough has become the first mangerial casualty in the top flight this term.
A statement on the club’s website said: “Motherwell Football Club has today (Wednesday) parted company with manager, Ian Baraclough.
“The Board of Directors would like to sincerely thank Ian for his great efforts last season and keeping the club in the SPFL Premiership for this very important season in the Club history, with the 130th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Scottish Cup celebrated at the end of the season.
“The Board will immediately commence the search for a new manager.
I”n the interim, current Under 20s boss Stephen Craigan, along with Stephen Robinson and Jim Hollman, will handle first-team affairs.”