Boss Alan Stubb today paid the price for Rotherham United’s terrible start to the Championship season.
The manager was sacked just 13 games into the campaign, with the Millers six points adrift at the foot of the table after a run of six successive defeats.
A club statement said that a change was needed to give them the best possible chance to survive in the second tier.
Stubbs’ last match in charge was yesterday’s 4-2 defeat at Birmingham City where the defensive mistakes which have been in evidence all season cost them again.
It was Rotherham’s seventh straight loss on the road since they opened their 2016/17 campaign, equalling a low stretching back to 1921.
Stubbs won only one match in the Millers hot-seat, two months ago at home to Brentford.
Ironically, he had spoken of not feeling any pressure after the reverse in the Midlands.
“I am not worried about me as an individual,” he said. “I am more concerned that the players reward themselves for the good play they produce. That is my concern.
“I am new into management and I want to turn it around as soon as possible. I knew it was always going to be a challenge. Nothing has changed from that.
“I had relative success at my previous club (Hibernian). I’ve come to Rotherham and it is a project. It certainly hasn’t gone the way I would have liked it to.
“I’ve got pride. I don’t like going home on the back of a defeat. It really hurts me. I’m disappointed for the fans. We need to give them something to cheer about. And we need to do it sooner rather than later.”