Ipswich Town have sacked manager Jim Magilton after falling short of a Championship play-off place.
The former Town and Northern Ireland midfielder, 39, was in charge at Portman Road for nearly three years but his highest finish was eighth.
Assistant boss John Gorman has also left the Suffolk outfit.
Ipswich chief executive Simon Clegg confirmed coach Bryan Klug would take charge of the first team for Saturday's game at Cardiff City.
But Clegg, who was appointed by owner Marcus Evans this week and is the former chief executive of the British Olympic Association, refused to rule out a quick decision over a permanent replacement.
He told BBC Radio Suffolk: "If we don't have a new manager in place, and I'm not ruling anything in or ruling anything out, I've asked Bryan Klug to step up to the plate."
Magilton was a popular figure as a player at Portman Road
Clegg says he has also spoken to senior players saying it is "business as usual" for the remaining two games of the season.
The chief executive explained the board felt Magilton had failed to deliver this season despite significant funding from Evans.
Clegg said: "We've not achieved the aspirations we've had as a result of that investment and while everyone inside the club takes a degree of collective responsibility, ultimately the responsibility rests on the shoulders of the manager."
Ipswich are looking for "a winner" as Magilton's replacement, according to Clegg, "someone who can take this club to where we aspire it to be, that is the Premiership".
"Discussions are being had at this moment in time, we are closing and we are looking to make a decision and an announcement as soon as possible."
Magilton became manager in 2006 following the departure of Joe Royle.
He took Ipswich to 14th in the Championship table in his first season and eighth last term but departs with the club in ninth place and 12 points off the play-off zone.
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