Ian Cathro has left his position as head coach of Hearts.
Cathro had been under increasing pressure after his side’s poor showing in the Betfred League Cup, which included a 2-1 humbling to North-east side Peterhead at Balmoor.
Their last game, a 2-2 draw with Championship Dunfermline Athletic, which the Pars won 3-1 on penalties, saw them exit the competition.
In a statement released by the club they said: “This was a very difficult decision, reluctantly made, as every member of the Board recognises that Ian is an extremely talented young coach with a very bright future ahead of him.
“We thank Ian for all of his efforts and wish him well in the future”
Hearts finished fifth in the Premiership last term and Cathro had been reluctant to answer questions on his future in recent weeks.
He joined Hearts in December last year.