FOLLOWING the news of Gary Caldwell's removal as first-team manger of Partick Thistle, the Firhill club have released a statement announcing that chief executive Gerry Britton, academy director Scott Allison and striker Kenny Miller will take charge of this weekend's match against Dunfermline.

Caldwell was sacked on Wednesday morning after Thistle's results failed to improve following a poor run last season that only saw the club avoid relegation on the final day of the Championship campaign.

The former Celtic player leaves Firhill with Thistle sitting in ninth place in Scotland's second tier with just two points from their opening five matches.

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Chairman David Beattie told the club's website: "This is not an outcome anyone wanted however we believe this decision is in the best interests of the club and that we could wait no longer to make a change.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank both Gary and Brian for all their efforts for Partick Thistle Football Club and wish them both every success in their future careers.

“Gerry, Scott and Kenny will take care of team matters for the weekend while the board begins the process of recruiting the club’s next first team manager.”