STAFFORD Rangers have parted company with manager Andy Mutch after just four months.
The former Wolves striker had succeeded Greg Clowes at the Marston Road helm in September, at a time when Rangers had lost their opening seven matches in the Evo-Stik Premier.
Since then, Rangers have managed only three wins in 21 league games under Mutch and face the real threat of relegation to the fourth tier of non-league football, only six years after being relegated from the Skrill (Conference) Premier.
I understand that the Marston Road club are moving quickly in an effort to appoint a successor to Mutch and a new manager could be in place by tomorrow.
A statement from the Marston Road board said: "Following a board meeting this morning (Thursday) the club can confirm that through mutual agreement Andy Mutch and Stafford Rangers Football Club have parted company.
"Jon Downing (president) has taken up the role of director of football with immediate effect. His first task will be to appoint a new football manager.
"Our website will be updating as and when there is any further information on the situation.
"The board would also like to thank the supporters for their continued support through this challenging time."
Rangers, who are currently 17 points off safety in 23rd spot, entertain fellow strugglers Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday (3pm).