By Shaun Milne
In a statement issued shortly before 10am, chairman Rod Petrie confirmed that the reign of the former club captain which started in June 2009 had been ended by “mutual consent”.
Mr Petrie said: “John has been a hardworking and dedicated manager of Hibernian.
“As a former captain, and as a fan, he recognises that a fresh face and a new approach is the best option for the club at this time.
“We thank him for all his hard work and for his honesty and passion for the club.”
The writing was on the wall for Hughes after his stuttering SPL side crashed to another defeat at the weekend, this time losing 2-0 at St Johnstone.
It followed a torrid start to the season which failed to capitalise on the adventures of the previous campaign when they finished fourth behind Dundee Utd.
After seven games this season they have won none, hold a goal difference of minus six and are joint second bottom of the league with Hamilton, just a point ahead of bottom club St Mirren.
Fan voiced their frustration from the stands, despite Hughes calling on them to get behind the team vowing he could turn it around.
Previously the highly regarded manager of Falkirk for six years before being lured to the Easter Road side, Hughes said the club would remain a key part of his life.
He said: “I have relished every minute of my time at Hibernian, the club I have always supported and which will always have a special place in my heart.
“I am proud of what we achieved last season and I wish the Board, players and supporters every success.”
There was no immediate news of his replacement.