Bristol Rovers have sacked Darrell Clarke, as confirmed by their official club website this morning.
The 40-year-old has left the Memorial Stadium after almost six years in charge there.
Clarke joined the Pirates in June 2013 as the assistant manager to John Ward and got the manager’s job nine months later.
He could not prevent Rovers from relegation from the Football League in his first season in charge but guided them to an immediate promotion from the Conference (now National League) via a Play-Off final win over Grimsby Town.
Clarke then achieved back-to-back promotions after his side finished 3rd in League Two in the 2015/16 season. Rovers have since stayed in League One.
However, they have started this campaign poorly and are 21st in the league and four points from safety, hence the decision to part company with Clarke.
He has been a popular figure at Bristol Rovers and even turned down the Leeds United job in May 2016 in favour of staying.
The Pirates will now be in the hunt for a replacement as they look to stay in the third tier this season.
Here is how their fans have reacted on Twitter to the sacking of Darrell Clarke-
Absolute legend! Thank you for the great memories all the best DC!!
— Briony (@Brionyee) December 13, 2018
Sad to see him go, stuck with us when we went down and brought us back up! Thought he did a great job for the club and wish him all the best for the future! Thanks for everything you’ve done DC👏🏻👏🏻🔵⚪️ #BRFC #BristolRovers https://t.co/g2OuheiDFz
— Calum Oakenfold (@COak85) December 13, 2018
What a terrible decision. Very bad day for the club #BRFC
— horts (@jakehorts14) December 13, 2018
Darrel Clarke leaves Bristol rovers. Is this Paul hursts return into football management. I’d like to think so. #brfc
— Si (@Johno2306) December 13, 2018
Gutted but not surprised!
Darrell Clarke has been the best manager in my life time and I still believe he will be a top championship maybe even premier league manager in the future. Thank you Darrell !! 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/O4sagizezl
— Daniel Ball (@DanJBalll) December 13, 2018
Darrell Clarke made me feel like football isn't just a results business. He united this broken football club on his own and gave me my best years watching The Gas. I'll never forget his contribution. Quite possibly the best we've ever had. Good luck DC.
— Michael Willett (@1MichaelWillett) December 13, 2018