Levein has been in charge of the Tynecastle club since 2017, but after poor form over the past year, the Jambos board have taken the decision to part ways with the former Scotland manager.
His second spell as Jambos boss comes to an end with the club 11th in the Premiership. Austin MacPhee will take temporary charge of the club.
A statement on the Hearts website says: “The Board of Directors of Heart of Midlothian Football Club has today taken the decision to relieve Craig Levein of his first team managerial duties.
“The Board would like to thank Craig for all of his efforts as first team manager. Craig has worked tirelessly and selflessly, around the clock, to try to achieve success, despite the many challenges with which he has been faced.
“Craig will not return to his previous Director of Football role and, that being so, will step down from the Board. He will, however, see out his contract, which runs until the end of the season, working closely with the Executive Management Team in continuing to develop and improve the structure of the backroom and youth operations within the development. ”
These Hearts fans have reacted to the news that Levein is out of the managerial hotseat.
Not good enough. Doesn't fix the problems
— Frag 💜 (@adairfraser_) October 31, 2019
— jamie lennie (@jayjaylennie) October 31, 2019
THANK YOU LADS BEST TWEET EVER ❤️🇱🇻❤️
— ? (@donkyfarmpro) October 31, 2019
So sad it didn't work out under Craig but it's the right decision.
— Douglas Brown (@darnickdab) October 31, 2019
Sad situation but it had to happen, everyone could see the damage it was causing. All the best for the future Craig
— Jamie Campbell (@Cammyjc1) October 31, 2019
About time. Can't fault SOME of the good work he has done behind the scenes but ultimately the first team has been dire for months. And it's the first team that ultimately all roads lead to.
— Gareth Lloyd 🇪🇺🏴🇬🇧 (@El_Lloydie) October 31, 2019
— ©® (@cr_1874) October 31, 2019
Not the way i wanted him to go, a real club legend, but it was well overdue
— Dylan (@DylanLumsdenn_) October 31, 2019