Norwich City manager Peter Grant has left the club after one year in charge.
Grant: "I don't like being second best at anything"
The Carrow Road club confirmed he had left by "mutual consent", leaving assistant boss Jim Duffy to take over while a permanent replacement is found.
Lengthy discussions took place between Grant and the board following the club's 1-0 loss at QPR on Monday.
"It was a very difficult decision for us to make but it was right for myself and the football club going forward," Grant told Norwich City's website.
"The most important things for me have always been the supporters and the club itself. They are the two constants while managers and players come and go.
"Unfortunately for me, I feel that the balls haven't bounced the right way for me over the last 12 months.
"I have had fantastic support from the board from minute one right up until the time of leaving, but we are in a results-driven business and I don't like being second best at anything.
"I would like to thank everyone for the support they have given me and I wish nothing but success for Norwich City now and forever."
Grant, 42, took over at Carrow Road in October 2006 after Nigel Worthington's departure at the same point of the season and guided them to a 16th-placed finish last year.
We would like to express our heartfelt best wishes to Peter
Norwich City chairman
But he had witnessed his side fail to score in their last six games.
"We would like to express our heartfelt best wishes to Peter and his family and wish him and them every success for the future," said Canaries chairman Roger Munby.
Grant accepted the angry reaction from Norwich's fans after the final whistle at QPR.
"I can understand why - I don't expect the fans to be singing from the rafters, we haven't scored and we haven't won again. I'm massively disappointed for them, for me and for the players," he said.
"It's difficult to put into words. Too many big players are not performing."