Former Aberdeen midfielder Paul Hartley has been dismissed as Dundee manager for a poor run of form.
The Dark Blues have lost their last seven games, including a 7-0 massacre at Dens Park at the hands of the Dons.
Hartley took over at Dundee in February 2014 while they were in the Championship.
He led the club to promotion on the final day of the season and finished sixth and eighth in his two full seasons in the Scottish Premiership.
But with the club in 11th and languishing in the relegation play-off berth, the decision has been taken to relieve him of his duties.
A club statement said: “Dundee Football Club have this afternoon relieved manager Paul Hartley of his duties.
“The club currently sit 11th in the Premiership table and the board of directors feel a change is needed ahead of five vital matches between now and the end of the season.”
Managing director John Nelms added: “I want to thank Paul for his time with the club.
“Unfortunately, the business we are in, sometimes change is necessary to achieve the goals we have set.
“I think somebody in the near future is going to get a good hard-working manager.”
Hartley finishes with a record of 46 wins from 138 games, a third of all fixtures under his charge.
Dundee’s next game is against Motherwell on Saturday, April 29.
Club Statement – Paul Hartley https://t.co/xdWgisVn54
— Dundee Football Club (@dundeefconline) April 17, 2017