STEVE BROWN has been sacked as manager of Vanarama Conference South side Ebbsfleet United, despite the club sitting fourth in the table and favourites to win the title.
Former Charlton player Brown spent just under 18 months at the club, after taking over from Liam Daish in the summer of 2013.
He signed a two-year contract extension in April after guiding the Fleet to the play-off final where they lost to Kent rivals Dover Athletic 1-0.
However, after being given a healthy budget by Kuwaiti owner Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi, Ebbsfleet have struggled to live up to their lofty billing so far this campaign.
The 3-0 home defeat to Gosport Borough on Tuesday night meant the end for Brown with Fleet seven points off league leaders Boreham Wood.
Dr Al-Humaidi said: “I feel that the team needs a change of direction. I would like to thank Steve for all his efforts on behalf of the club and wish him well for the future.”
Ebbsfleet skipper and academy manager Daryl McMahon has been given the reins on a caretaker basis and will take charge of Saturday’s FA Trophy game against Hendon.