Nottingham Forest have sacked head coach Philippe Montanier 24 hours after a planned takeover of the club collapsed.
The Frenchman departed following Forest’s 0-0 draw at Birmingham City in the Championship on Saturday.
Montanier was appointed in the summer having coached Real Sociedad in Spain.
But after an inconsistent if high-scoring start, the side slippped to two places and three points from the relegation zone under his leadership after a run of poor results.
A club statement released just after 10pm on Saturday read: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that the club have parted company with head coach Philippe Montanier.
“The club has made the decision following a series of disappointing results this season and given the current position in the league table.
“The search for a replacement manager will now begin. In the meantime, Gary Brazil will be handling first-team affairs.
“Nottingham Forest would like to place on record its thanks to Philippe for his time working with the players and the staff and wish him the best for the future.”
On Friday night the club announced an expected takeover led by American millionaire John J Moores had collapsed.