OWEN Coyle has dramatically quit as manager of Ross County.
While the Staggies are adrift at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, Coyle (51) had earlier taken a press conference with no apparent indication of what was to come.
A statement issued later by the club said: "Ross County Football Club would like to announce that first team manager, Owen Coyle, has resigned from his post. He and assistant manager, Sandy Stewart, have left the club with immediate effect."
Speaking about Coyle's resignation, chairman, Roy MacGregor, said: “We thank Owen and Sandy for their time at Ross County Football Club and wish them well for the future.”
The club said it would be making no further comment at this time.
While County had been struggling to find form under Coyle and are three points adrift at the bottom, the timing still took many by surprise.