Luton Town are holding off a search for a new manager after parting company with Nathan Jones’s replacement Graeme Jones.
Graeme Jones was brought in to continue the upward trajectory set by Nathan Jones, who left for Stoke City in January 2019, with Mick Harford finishing the job of winning promotion from League One.
But they had been in the relegation zone, six points adrift of safety with nine games remaining.
This, however, does not appear to be performance related.
The club say the the decision is “in order to reduce its cost base” amid the coronavirus crisis – and Harford will step back as interim boss. Assistant Gary Brabin, coach Inigo Idiakez and goalkeeping coach Imanol Etxeberria have also had contracts terminated with immediate effect.
A club statement said: “Given the current circumstances affecting not only football but the world as whole, the club are taking an early move to restructure in order to reduce its cost base and to create efficiencies within the football department.
“As a result of amicable discussions, Graeme and the board of directors have agreed terms upon which he will leave his role with immediate effect.
“When we have more concrete knowledge about the recommencement of the 2019/20 season or the start of 2020/21, we will then reconsider our position with regards to the football management structure.
“Applications for any of the positions will not be considered or reviewed at this time.
“The club will be making no further comment at this stage as everyone continues to battle with the challenges of the coronavirus.”