John Schofield has branded the decision to relieve him of his managerial duties at League Two strugglers Lincoln as 'disappointing' but has been backed by former colleague John Deehan to make an immediate return to the dugout.Schofield, who guided City to the play-offs last season, and director of football Deehan have both parted company with City after overseeing a wretched start to the season. The Imps are second bottom and nine games without a win in all competitions, with Sunday's 4-0 thrashing at MK Dons the latest in a string of poor results. The duo met with the club's board today and have left Sincil Bank with immediate effect. 'Leaving this way is disappointing in view of the desire and vision the club and I shared,' said Schofield in a statement on the club's website. 'I would like to thank my staff for all their hard word and professionalism as well as all of the other staff at the club.' Schofield succeeded Keith Alexander in May 2006 and guided the club to a fifth-placed finish in his first campaign at the helm. City went on to suffer heartache in the play-offs after a 7-4 aggregate defeat against Bristol Rovers. The 42-year-old may have been unable to build on last season's progress but Deehan is tipping him to make an immediate return to management. 'I was brought to the club to mentor John with whom it has been a pleasure to work,' said Deehan. 'In my view John is one of the very best coaches in this league and deserves to succeed. I am therefore sure that he will soon bounce back from this setback.' In the meantime, youth-team coach Grant Brown has been placed in temporary charge and will preside over Saturday's home clash against Peterborough.