Vanarama National League club Chester FC have announced that they have terminated the contract of manager Jon McCarthy with immediate effect.
Chester have lost two of their last three games, taking one point from fixtures against Torquay United and Solihull Moors, who are below them.
McCarthy took over as caretaker-manager in 2016 and guided the club to safety with three wins in their final four games before signing a one-year contract as permanent manager.
In January this year, he signed a new two-and-a-half year contract.
The club have placed on record their sincere thanks to McCarthy, a thoroughly decent man who could not have worked harder to try and deliver success – and could not have shown more commitment to the community and the club.
Tom Shaw, Dave Felgate and Calum McIntyre have been asked to prepare the team for the forthcoming fixtures.