Chesterfield manager Jack Lester has left the club by mutual consent as they face relegation from the football league for the first time in nearly 100 years.
A 4-1 thrashing away to fellow strugglers Forest Green Rovers on Saturday kept them rock bottom and all but secured their fate.
Mr Lester said: “I’m desperately sorry I’ve not been able to save the club from relegation.”
The Spireites, who are on the verge of back-to-back relegations, will need both Barnet and Morecambe need to lose all three of their remaining games while Chesterfield win their last three, turning around a 19-goal deficit in the process.
Chesterfield’s nine wins in their previous 43 fixtures and -33 goal difference, the worst in the league, is not a promising sign.
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Mr Lester said: “Looking ahead, with the proposed plans, I felt it correct for the club to move forward without me as manager.
“I would like to thank the Chesterfield fans for their support since my return to the club. Their support through difficult times was, as always, fantastic.”