Former Carlisle United boss Keith Curle is the latest managerial casualty in the League Two relegation battle.

He has left his job as Oldham Athletic head coach "by mutual consent", it has today been announced.

Curle leaves the Boundary Park club third bottom in League Two, two points ahead of Carlisle.

It means the bottom four clubs - also including Scunthorpe and Stevenage - have parted company with managers since the start of the season.

The 58-year-old Curle's departure came after Oldham's 2-1 defeat at another of his former clubs Northampton Town on Tuesday night.

He had been in charge since March, initially on a short-term basis and then extending his deal last summer.

Oldham's poor campaign so far has been hit by injuries - while fans have been protesting against the controversial ownership of Abdallah Lemsagam.

Curle's No2, the former Carlisle assistant Colin West, is also leaving.

The club said in a statement: "Oldham Athletic can confirm that Keith Curle has left his role as Head Coach by mutual consent.

"We would like to thank Keith for his efforts during his time at Boundary Park and would also like to wish him well for the future. His assistant, Colin West, has also been relieved of his duties."

Academy boss Selim Benachour is in caretaker charge.

The Oldham Times report that Curle was owner Lemsagam's ninth managerial appointment in just three years.

The Bristolian was United's manager from 2014-18.