Hartlepool have sacked manager Mick Wadsworth following a run of seven successive home defeats.
Wadsworth, 61, led Pools on a nine-match unbeaten run from the start of the season, but they have won only two of their last 10 league encounters. First-team coach Micky Barron will take charge of the side at Brentford on Saturday.
A club statement read: "It is with regret that Hartlepool United have relieved Mick Wadsworth of his duties as head coach with immediate effect."
The statement continued: "Following a good start to the season, although the away performances have yielded some results, regrettably the last seven home defeats have been of concern and it was felt that a fresh direction was required.
"We would like to wish Mick all the very best for his future career and thank him for his efforts since joining the club in July 2010.
"His contribution and wealth of experience during that time has been greatly appreciated by the chairman, club owners and everyone associated with the club."
Former Carlisle, Scarborough, Oldham and Huddersfield manager Wadsworth, assistant boss to Sir Bobby Robson at Newcastle from 1999 to 2001, has seen Pools lose all seven games at Victoria Park, including a 1-0 defeat to Stevenage in the FA Cup, since victory over Bury in September.