West Bromwich Albion FC manager Gary Megson has been relieved of his duties with the Premiership club.
"I won't sign a new contract," he had said. "I've a contract until 30 June and I intend to carry on until then." However, West Brom have decided to let Megson go ahead of that time, and have installed Megson's assistant Frank Burrows as caretaker manager.
'Club's best interests'
A statement released later on Tuesday by the club read: "Gary Megson today informed the board of West Bromwich Albion by letter that he wishes to leave the club at the end of his current contract on 30 June 2005.
"The club accepts this letter as a resignation and the board believes it is now in the best interests of West Bromwich Albion that Gary Megson no longer remains in charge of team affairs. As such, he has been relieved of his duties while contractual matters are resolved. The board would like to acknowledge Gary Megson's major contribution during his term as manager and wishes him well in the future."
Megson took over at West Brom in March 2000 and led the club to promotion from the first division in 2001/02, although they were relegated the following season. West Brom went up again last term, and currently lie in 16th place in the Premiership.