Mike Mulvey sacked a few hours after Central Coast Mariners' 8-2 loss against Wellington Phoenix to avoid simmering speculation about his coaching future, according to chief executive Shaun Mielekamp.
Mielekamp revealed the decision was made so soon after the defeat to circumvent rumours about whether Mulvey would stay on as the club's manager.
“After the match, the board members got to together to discuss the options moving forward and made the decision to meet with Mike Mulvey and part ways immediately," Mielekamp told Macquarie Sports Radio.
"It was decided rather than wait and let speculation happen during the night, to make the announcement immediately."
The Mariners have conceded 13 goals in the past two weeks and are rooted to the bottom of the A-League ladder with only one win for the season.
Mielekamp hoped the club can get some positivity back before the end of the campaign as they build to avoid winning three wooden spoons in a row next season - with this years all but a certainty.
"We do need to make sure that right now for the remaining rounds of the season that we get some positivity out of the season, and I’m sure that everyone at the club will be working to get things right," he said.
"We are in a changing process at the moment with new board members and new structures with a long term view to increase the revenues and resources for the club, and that needs to happen so that we can keep competitive as we move forward."
It doesn't get any easier for the Mariners with an F3 derby coming up against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.