Michael Brown was denied his wish to stay in charge of Port Vale after losing his job on Saturday night.
Following a 1-1 draw with fellow League Two strugglers Forest Green, Brown said he was hoping hard work would keep him in employment at Vale Park despite a dismal run of form.
But less than an hour later, the club said they had “mutually agreed” that former Tottenham and Leeds midfielder Brown would leave his position with immediate effect.
Fans had called for Brown’s head, with Omar Bugiel’s equaliser for Forest Green doing little to stop that.
“We are all very disappointed with the start to the season,” Port Vale chief executive Colin Garlick said. “I know Michael and his staff have worked extremely hard to try and rebuild the club and achieve the results that we were looking for but unfortunately, this has not happened.
“I would like to thank Michael for his hard work and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
Speaking after the draw, though, Brown had been in bullish mood.
Brown said: “I have had meetings this week and we are working very hard, we continue to work very hard to try to get some results. We have a behind-closed-doors game at Macclesfield on Monday so we will be looking to get the boys ready for that.
“We discuss everything that we have in the football club. There are regular meetings with myself and Colin and Mr (Tony) Fradley the chairman.
“I don’t see (owner) Norman (Smurthwaite) so much these days, but we have spoken and we go through everything. We understand where everything is, we certainly know what is going on and we are working very hard to put it right.”
Brown took over at Port Vale after the Boxing Day resignation of Bruno Ribeiro last year, winning six of his 34 games in charge which included a slip from League One to League Two.
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