Jonathan Morgan has stepped down as head coach of the Leicester City women’s first team and Emile Heskey will prepare the team for their next game.
Morgan guided the club to the Women’s Super League for the first time last season after winning the championship title.
Leicester sits at the bottom of the WSL table after losing all eight games so far this season.
“This club has been a part of my life and that of my family for 12 years, since my sister Holly Morgan joined when she was a young player,” said Morgan, who was appointed as Leicester coach for the 2014/15 season.
“To have led Midlands Division 1 Leicester to a FAWSL club gives me nothing but pride. Winning promotion last season the way we did will always be a memory I can share with the fans and the city.
“This season has been disappointing, with injuries that contributed to a difficult start, but we have not achieved the results we expected.”
Morgan, who signed a new contract in July, was named the LMA Championship Manager of the Year following Leicester’s success last season.
Morgan’s assistant manager Michael Makoni and first team coach Holly Morgan will also leave the club.
A statement from Leicester said: “All three have played an important role in the development of LCFC Women, particularly since the club turned professional following its acquisition by King Power in August 2020.
“The football club would like to place on the record its appreciation to Jonathan for all that he has helped the club achieve during his time as coach, which included promotion to the WSL.”
Heskey, the former England and Leicester forward and current head of development for women’s football at Leicester, will oversee the first team’s training in preparation for the Continental Cup tie against Manchester United on 5 December.
An away game against league leaders Arsenal at the WSL follows on December 12.