Huntly have sacked manager John Teasdale and his assistant Gary Welsh, the Christie Park club having won only four of 14 games under the former Elgin City man.
Teasdale arrived from his home in Los Angeles at the start of April to succeed his former Borough Briggs team-mate Dave McGinlay.
But his 12 new signings failed to gel, leading to only one win this term – an emphatic 5-1 home victory against Rothes on August 21.
Last weekend’s shock 3-1 defeat at Strathspey Thistle was the straw which broke the camel’s back for the Christie Park board.
Teasdale said: “Better managers than me have been sacked.
“That’s football, but I must admit when the man who appointed me, Robbie Mackay, stepped down on August 12 I saw the writing on the wall.
“I was just getting stuck into the job. I was grateful to two smashing men, Robbie and Andy Troup the vice-chairman, for giving me the opportunity to manage the club. I really enjoyed working with them.
“When I came over for six weeks earlier in the year I told them out of a squad of 23 players I inherited there were only three or four I wanted to keep and they understood that.
“I told them it would take a couple of years to put a team together and that was fine by them.
“Unfortunately, I knew the second Robbie left the club my days as manager were numbered.
“I brought some players in who just weren’t up to being at a club like Huntly.
“I have also brought in two or three top-quality players but the club still needs to invest heavily in bringing in more quality players to Christie Park.
“I wish them all the best for the future. I appreciate the opportunity I was given and good luck to them.”
Teasdale’s departure was not the only news coming out of Christie Park yesterday as vice-chairman Andy Troup became managing director.
Former board member, local baker John Smith, returned to the fold as interim chairman in place of Mackay, who resigned three weeks ago due to business commitments.
Troup said: “No decision has been made on who will take charge of the team, but we will look to have something sorted shortly so the search is certainly now under way for our new manager.”
Confirming his new role at the club he has supported since he was a boy, Troup added: “I have taken over as managing director of the football club and John Smith is standing in as interim chairman.”