Callum Davidson has left St Johnstone by mutual consent after a dire run of results left them battling relegation.

They have agreed to sever ties despite the former player being the most successful manager in their history, winning both the Scottish Cup and League Cup in 2021.

The end came after a meeting between Davidson and chairman Steve Brown took place today, following a 2-0 defeat by Livingston in West Lothian on Saturday.

The result leaves them in ninth place, just five points ahead of bottom-placed Ross County but in the worst form of any team in the top flight.

Assistant Steven MacLean will take charge for the time being while the Saints look for a new manager.

A statement read: "The Football Club can today announce that it has mutually parted company with manager Callum Davidson.

"Callum has been in charge since the summer of 2020 and led us to that incredible Scottish Cup and League Cup success in his first season.

"But, after a meeting between Chairman Steve Brown and Callum today, it's been mutually agreed that a change is required.

"Assistant manager, Steven MacLean, will take interim charge until further notice."

Chairman Brown thanked Davidson for his efforts and stressed his initial success means he will always be considered a legend of the club.

The Chairman said: "First and foremost, Callum is a friend and I hold him in high regard which is why this has been an extremely difficult decision to come to.

"But we had an open and honest conversation and we both agreed that we must do what is right for St Johnstone. We must always put our Football Club first.

"Callum has been a brilliant manager for St Johnstone and led us to that Cup Double in 2021 and then European football.

"But we feel results haven't been good enough in recent weeks and it's best for the Football Club to make a change at this stage.

"I'd like to thank Callum for his service and dedication to us and wish him every success in the future. 

"He is a St Johnstone legend and always will be."