Motherwell have parted company with manager Maurice Malpas after the former Scotland international spent just one season in charge at Fir Park.
Maurice Malpas spent one season at Fir Park
Owner John Boyle said Malpas and his assistant Paul Hegarty were leaving after discussions with club directors.
However, BBC Sport understands that Malpas was unhappy with a plan to oust Hegarty and replace him with former Motherwell skipper Scott Leitch.
Leitch is taking over temporarily but is not in the running for the job.
Motherwell found themselves dragged into the SPL relegation battle after a run of only one win in 13 games.
And Malpas was the target of fans' jeering after the club's final home game of the season - a 3-2 loss to St Mirren.
Former Ross County manager Leitch is likely join the backroom staff under the new management team.
Boyle said: "We wish Maurice and Paul the very best and appreciate their
contribution to the club."
"We will spare no effort in finding a new manager to lead the team on to success next season and we are delighted that Scott Leitch is returning to Fir Park," added Boyle.
"He is hugely respected by supporters and players and will be a big influence in the dressing room.
"Scott's first priority will be to secure players' contracts and pursue new signing targets."