Paul Ince's reign as Blackpool manager has come to an end. Ince and his backroom staff of Alex Rae and Steve Thompson have been axed by chairman Karl Oyston with veteran midfielder Barry Ferguson, 35, put in temporary charge.
The Seasiders have taken just one point since November during a run of nine defeats in 10 games and rumours had been rife that Ince would be sacked.
Ince succeeded Michael Appleton in February 2013 following Appleton's decision to join Blackburn shortly after being appointed.
Although Blackpool are still eight points off the drop zone, results only tell part of the story with fans furious at Ince's failure to add to a depleted squad this month and the indiscipline which has seen them accrue nine red cards already.
Ince who has also managed Blackburn, Macclesfield, MK Dons and Notts County, guided the team to a mid-table finish last season before starting this campaign in impressive fashion.
The 46-year-old was voted manager of the month in August, when his team topped the division, and they were still in the top four as recently as November before the wheels began to fall off at an alarming speed both on and off the field.
In their first December fixture, three men were sent off in the loss at Yeovil and two more were given their marching orders in a 5-1 thrashing to Derby four days later.
The Seasiders, though, denied they had a discipline problem, an accusation which had been levelled at them since Ince received a five-game stadium ban from the FA in October for his actions following a game with Bournemouth in September.
The governing body later disclosed the details of Ince's expletive-laden rant at a fourth official, who the Blackpool boss had also physically assaulted following the final whistle.
Things only got worse in the New Year with the club seeing five loanees returning to their parent clubs and then fining striker Michael Chopra for his outburst on Twitter in which he complained only six players and a fitness coach were present at training.