Falkirk Juniors have parted company with manager Terry Aikman despite sitting top of the McBookie South League.
Aikman was not at the helm for the club’s trip to Tranent on Saturday which ended in a 3-1 defeat.
The Grangemouth Stadium-based club had joined Dalkeith Thistle at the summit of the table when the decision was reached last week.
A statement on the club website said: “Terry Aikman left the club due to family and work commitments which have understandably restricted his availability.
“In the long term interest of the club a decision has been made by the committee to part company with Terry.
“The committee would like to thank Terry and wish him all the best in the future.’’
A club spokesman added: “This was not a knee-jerk reaction and has been a long and considered process.
“We are now welcoming applications and CVs via the club’s e-mail address and hope to make a decision on a new manager following interviews.”
That will be for an entire management team after Aikman’s assistants Derek Johnstone and David Marshall followed him out of the club, voluntarily.
The Falkirk Herald approached Mr Aikman for comment on his sacking, but he declined the opportunity to discuss the matter on the record.
This weekend, Falkirk Juniors are hosting Pumpherston Juniors at Grangemouth Stadium, kick-off 2 p.m.
A group of senior players are over-seeing team matters until a replacement is secured.