Motherwell have named Kenny Black as their caretaker manager after Stuart McCall handed in his resignation on Sunday.
The 50-year-old former Bradford City boss decided it was time to quit after the 2-1 defeat at St Johnstone on Friday which was the Steelmen's fifth successive loss in the league.
After finishing second in the table behind champions Celtic last season, Motherwell have won only two of their 12 Premiership matches this season and are second bottom of the table after losing their last five games.
Stuart felt it better for all concerned if he stepped down with immediate effect and we respect that.Derek Weir
Former Bradford City, Rangers and Everton midfielder McCall had been in charge at Fir Park since 2010 and guided the club to the Scottish Cup final in 2011 and to three successive top-three finishes in the Premiership.
Motherwell director Derek Weir said: "We have been acutely aware of results this season, but everyone at Fir Park was confident in Stuart, and the team's, ability to turn things around.
"However, following a long conversation on Sunday afternoon, Stuart felt it better for all concerned if he stepped down with immediate effect and we respect that."
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