Northern Ireland assistant coach Jimmy Nicholl quits Cowdenbeath after relegation heartbreak
Jimmy Nicholl has quit as manager of Cowdenbeath, just three days after their dramatic relegation from the Scottish Championship.
The Blue Brazil went down on Saturday following a 3-0 defeat to Alloa Athletic, who jumped above them in the table, while Livingston also leapfrogged Nicholl's side.
The former Northern Ireland World Cup star had been in charge for two years in his second spell at the helm at Central Park, after previously managing the club during the 2010-11 season.
"It is with regret that I have today accepted the resignation of Jimmy Nicholl as manager of Cowdenbeath FC," said the club's chairman Donald Findlay.
"I thank Jimmy for all his efforts on behalf of the Club. It had been a privilege working with him.
" We remain friends and I wish him and his family all the best for the future."
Nicholl was appointed as number two to Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill in March and he will continue in that role for the forthcoming friendlies against Qatar and the Republic of Ireland in the build up to the Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania at Windsor Park on Saturday June 13.
Jamie Ward is expected to be in the Northern Ireland team for that key game against the Romanians, but he will be without a club by then. The striker, who turns 29 next week, is to be released by Derby County manager Steve McClaren,
Ward was taken to Pride Park by former boss Nigel Clough and he could offer the player a return to his old club Sheffield United. That move could be more attractive if they can win promotion via the play-offs.