Coleraine last night axed manager David Platt.
The Bannsiders board took the decision after seeing the team record just four wins in last 11 league games — a record which sees them currently sitting third from bottom of the Carling Premiership.
The club announced last night: “Following a meeting of the Coleraine FC board of Directors this evening, David Platt has been relieved of his duties as Coleraine manager with immediate effect.”
A full statement is expected to be released today in which they club will name a caretaker boss for tonight’s Premiership game with Lisburn Distillery.
Platt had been preparing his team for that matches at the Showgrounds this evening, but won’t now get the chance.
Angry fans booed the team off the pitch after Tuesday night’s defeat at the hands of Dungannon Swifts — their second loss to Dixie Robinson’s side in the space of four days — and that is likely to have played a part in the board’s decision to sack the manager.
Platt had been in charge of the Bannsiders since being installed as Marty Quinn’s successor in the summer of 2008 and survived a run of six straight league defeats in the opening half a dozen matches of the season.
Just a week ago Platt managed to convince striker Leon Knight to stay at the club, signing a new 18-month contract.