Fleetwood Town, Carlisle United's first opponents of the League One season, have sacked head coach Scott Brown.

The Celtic legend has been dismissed after just six games of the league campaign.

Brown has paid the price for a poor start which has seen Fleetwood take just one point so far.

That came in the opening-day 1-1 draw at Brunton Park, since when they have lost five on the spin in the third tier.

Fleetwood acted after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic.

It ends Brown's 16-month tenure at the Highbury Stadium.

And the decision comes despite the 38-year-old signing a new two-year contract in the summer.

His assistant, Steven Whittaker, has also left Fleetwood.

"Fleetwood Town can confirm head coach Scott Brown has left the club with immediate effect," a club statement said.

"Following a difficult run of results the club reluctantly felt now is the right time to make a change to the first team management.

"Assistant head coach Steven Whittaker will also depart and everyone at the club would like to place on record their thanks to Scott and Steven for their hard work and professionalism during his time at the club."

Brown is the second League One manager to be axed already this season after Charlton last week dismissed Dean Holden.