Huddersfield Town announced their decision to axe the former Charlton Athletic boss on Wednesday morning after a 2-2 draw with Reading left the Terriers in 18th place in the division after just three wins in the season to date.
Chief executive Nigel Clibbens said in a statement: "We have decided to make this change after very careful deliberation.
"It is made with the long term interests of the club in mind. It signals a change of direction by the club and a new approach."
The managerial focus is now firmly on Dougie Freedman after another close game but ultimately disappointing defeat for Nottiingham Forest at Preston on Tuesday evening pushed them down to 19th and having scored just two goals in their last six games.
Eoin Doyle's early goal, coupled with Preston's defensive solidity and Nottingham Forest's struggled in front of goal, meant the game was an uphill struggle for the visitors from the off but the final result will not have been a surprise for many Reds supporters.
Update - Later on Wednesday there was another managerial casualty in the division when Chris Ramsey and Queens Park Rangers parted company.