Newcastle United have sacked manager Chris Hughton.
The announcement comes a day after United were beaten 3-1 at West Brom, a result which leaves them 11th in the Premier League table.
The announcement comes just seven months after guiding them back into the top flight after their relegation in the 2009-10 campaign.
Hughton was named as the club’s permanent manager in October 2009 after a number of caretaker stints in charge, and the club said in October that they would be looking to renegotiate his deal in the New Year after speculation he was about to be sacked.
However, the club have said on their official website they are seeking an individual with more managerial experience to take them forward.
The statement added: “The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club’s transition from Championship to Premier League club.
“Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well in the future.
“The task of appointing a new manager now begins. An announcement will be made shortly regarding transitional arrangements pending the appointment of a successor.”