FORMER Celtic skipper Scott Brown has been sacked by Fleetwood Town.

The English third-tier side relieved the Hoops legend of his managerial duties following “a difficult run of results”.

The team languish 23rd in League One after six matches with just one point.

Brown’s team last picked up a point in the draw with Carlisle on August 5 before consecutive league defeats against Cambridge, Bolton, Derby, Shrewsbury and Charlton.

The axe has fallen on Brown and his assistant gaffer Steven Whittaker early in his second season in charge after arriving last summer.

HAPPIER TIMES…Scott Brown and Brendan Rodgers with the League Cup after the 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Hampden in November 2016.

The ex-Scotland international captain has been linked with the managerial vacancy at his former club Hibs who parted company with Lee Johnson a week ago.

A club statement said: “Fleetwood Town can confirm Head Coach Scott Brown has left the club with immediate effect.

“Following a difficult run of results the club reluctantly felt now is the right time to make a change to the First Team management.

“Assistant Head Coach Steven Whittaker will also depart and everyone at the club would like to place on record their thanks to Scott and Steven for their hard work and professionalism during his time at the club.

“The search for his replacement will begin immediately and we will issue a further update on the first team staff in due course.”

Remarkably, Brown signed an extension at the club two months ago that was scheduled to run until 2025.

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