Dunfermline are on the lookout for a new manager after Allan Johnston left East End Park.
His assistant boss Sandy Clark has also parted company with the Pars.
Dunfermline have lost just one of their last six matches but the final straw appears to have been the surrendering of a two-goal lead to only draw at home to Alloa on Saturday.
The news that Johnston has stepped down from his post came mid-afternoon.
Chairman Ross McArthur stated: “I wish to place on record our sincere thanks to Allan and Sandy for their considerable efforts on behalf of our club. We wish them well in the future.”
The move comes just three days before Dunfermline play an important Championship clash against Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday.
First-team coach Stevie Crawford has agreed to take the team for that one, setting up an intriguing head-to-head with Robbie Neilson, whom Crawford assisted at both Hearts and MK Dons.