Don Mattingly leaves role as Los Angeles Dodgers manager

The Los Angeles Dodgers have parted company with manager Don Mattingly at the end of a disappointing season for the franchise.

The Dodgers went into the season with the highest payroll in Major League Baseball – more than $300m (£195m) – but failed to make it further than the National League Divisional Series, where they lost to the New York Mets.

They reached the post-season in three of Mattingly's five seasons in charge but failed to end their wait for a World Series title that now stretches back 27 years.

"As our end of season process began, we discussed the past year, our future goals, necessary changes, roster needs and other matters relating to next year's campaign," said Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman.

"As the dialogue progressed daily, it evolved to a point where we all agreed that it might be best for both sides to start fresh.

"We decided to think about it for a couple of days and when we spoke again, we felt comfortable that this was the direction to go."

Mattingly added: "I'm honoured and proud to have had the opportunity to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers. I've enjoyed my experiences and relationships with the organization's staff and players throughout my eight years in LA.

"After meeting with Andrew, Farhan (Zaidi) and Josh (Byrnes), we all felt that a fresh start would be good for both the organisation and me. We talked about several scenarios, including my returning in 2016.

"However, I believe this is the right time and right move for both parties. I'm still very passionate about managing and hope to get the opportunity in the near future."