Burton Albion have sacked manager Paul Peschisolido after a 4-1 home defeat to Torquay extended the npower League Two club's winless run to 14 matches.
Former Derby, Sheffield United, Birmingham, Fulham and Stoke midfielder Peschisolido, 40, in his third season in charge of the Brewers, left the club following a meeting with chairman Ben Robinson immediately after their latest defeat.
Robinson said in a statement: "In all honesty looking at how the team played I think it's clear that the time has come for a change."
He added: "If we continue on our current run of form the teams below us will catch us up and we will find ourselves in a relegation battle, which would be especially disappointing considering our wage budget is considerably higher than last season when we avoided relegation in the second to last game of the season.
"I have asked Gary Rowett and Kevin Poole to take charge of the team for Tuesday evening's game against Northampton Town."
Canadian-born Peschisolido, who replaced Roy McFarland as Brewers boss in May 2009, said: "I'm devastated obviously with how things have gone recently, but Burton Albion will remain close to my heart and I'm sure things will pick back up again on the pitch."
Martin Ling was delighted with the performance of his side but said it was too early to be sure of an automatic promotion spot.
The Gulls boss said: "I thought first half we were excellent. We popped it about, we broke their lines and got into the space between their midfield and defence.
"It was a little bit backs to the wall after that, but Rene pulled out a top-class goal and we got another near the end. If I'm totally honest, I think the 4-1 scoreline is harsh on Burton.
"They tried to turn it around and, although it was a comfortable win with the goals at the end, it wasn't as comfortable as the score suggests. It's another step forward as far as promotion is concerned and we'll keep pushing for a top-three spot. The signs are good but there's still a lot of football to be played before we can start to celebrate."