Colchester have parted firm with head coach Steve Ball after a 13-game winless run in League Two.
A 2-1 defeat by promotion hopefuls Exeter City on Tuesday left the U’s twenty first within the desk, 9 factors away from the relegation zone.
Colchester appointed former participant and assistant supervisor Ball, 51, final July because the successor to John McGreal, who left the membership after defeat to Exeter in final season’s play-off semi-finals.
In a club statement, proprietor and chairman Robbie Cowling stated: “Following the sport tonight and a dialogue I had with Steve, it was determined that the easiest way ahead was for him to go away his place as head coach.
“Steve has been with the membership in several capacities for a very long time and I would really like it positioned on report our due to him for his laborious work and dedication.”
Ball’s final victory in cost was a 1-0 win at Scunthorpe on December 8.
Colchester haven’t revealed who will take interim cost, or whether or not Ball’s assistant Hayden Mullins will stay on the membership.