League Two strugglers Chester have parted company with manager Bobby Williamson following a miserable run of one win in 14 games.
The former Hibernian and Plymouth boss, 46, took charge at the Deva Stadium in May 2007 as successor to Mark Wright.
But, after an encouraging start to the season, yesterday's 1-0 defeat at leaders Milton Keynes Dons left City languishing in 17th place - 10 points above the relegation zone.
Youth team coach Simon Davies has been placed in temporary charge for Tuesday's game with Darlington.
A statement on the club's official website, www.chestercityfc.net, said: 'Chester City and Bobby Williamson have parted company after nine months.
'Williamson came to the Deva Stadium last May and made a great start to the season with the Blues being in the hunt for a play-off place.
'However, a dismal run of results, seeing City have one win in 14, has seen the club drop down the League Two table.
'Simon Davies will take control of matters for the game at Darlington on Tuesday evening.'