Rick Stone has been relieved of his duties by Newcastle Knights, who said the head coach's position had become "untenable".
Newcastle Knights have sacked head coach Rick Stone following a run of seven defeats in their last eight NRL games, with Danny Buderus taking over until the end of the season.
Stone's second spell with the Knights has not gone to plan and Saturday's 52-6 drubbing at South Sydney Rabbitohs proved to be the final straw.
The Knights are languishing in 14th spot in the NRL ladder and Buderus has been charged with the task of turning around their fortunes while the board mull over a long-term successor to Stone.
A club statement said: "The Newcastle Knights' board met on Monday and advised Rick Stone's position as head coach was untenable.
"Danny Buderus will step in as interim coach until season's end while the club goes through a formal process to appoint the 2016 coach."
Knights Matt Gidley CEO said: "We thank Rick for his efforts and loyalty over a long period of time and while these decisions are never easy, it was made in the best interests of the club.
"The club will now undertake a formal review process of our entire football operations, of which the playing group are a key part, and all have the opportunity to demonstrate over the next seven weeks why they should retain their position.
"The club strives to build a consistent, competitive and entertaining team and this formal review process will help us achieve this."