Coventry City have sacked manager Iain Dowie after less than a year in charge after the Sky Blues slipped into relegation trouble.

Assistant manager Tim Flowers and coach Bob Dowie have also been sacked, with Frankie Bunn and John Harbin taking temporary charge of first-team affairs.

The former Crystal Palace and Charlton boss was installed at the Ricoh Arena in February 2007 and won 20 of his 49 matches in charge.

Coventry have slumped to 19th in the Championship table, with fears they could drop to League One overshadowing their success in both cup competitions.

Dowie's side beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carling Cup, and have an FA Cup fifth-round tie against West Bromwich on Saturday.

A statement on Coventry's official website said: "Iain Dowie, Tim Flowers and Bob Dowie have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect."