Blackburn Rovers have sacked manager Michael Appleton after just over two months in charge at Ewood Park, the club have confirmed.
Rovers have made the decision to wield the axe on a third manager this season following Sunday's 1-1 draw with local rivals Burnley and last week's FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Millwall.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Blackburn Rovers FC can confirm that Michael Appleton has been relieved of his duties as manager along with assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first team coach Darren Moore and head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling."
The club, without a win in eight games in all competitions, are 18th in the npower Championship table and just four points above the relegation zone.
Appleton left Blackpool to join Blackburn in the new year after just 65 days in charge at Bloomfield Road.
During 67 days in the Rovers job, Appleton won four, drew five and lost six of his 15 matches in charge.