THE Newcastle Jets have parted company with coach Ernie Merrick, effective immediately.
The Jets announced the decision in a statement on their website saying that with the side currently sitting bottom of the Hyundai A-League the club's ownership and senior management have taken the decision to part ways with Merrick.
The search for a new head coach is already in progress, with Westfield W-League head coach Craig Deans and Hyundai A-League assistant coach, Qiang Li to step in for the interim.
There have been no changes to other coaching or football staff at the club.
Newcastle Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna thanked Merrick for his efforts during his time in Newcastle.
"During Ernie's tenure, the club reached it's first Grand Final in more than 10 years and we're grateful for his contribution during his two and a half years in Newcastle," McKinna said.
"However, results and performances haven't been good enough this season and a change was needed.
"On behalf of everyone at the club, I wish Ernie all the best in his future endeavours."