The Warriors have sacked coach Stephen Kearney following the heavy loss to South Sydney on Friday.
Warriors CEO Cameron George confirmed the axing on Saturday, revealing Kearney "took it on the chin, but was certainly shattered about it".
“Stephen was informed this morning that we needed to make an immediate change,” George said.
“It’s a tough day for all of us, particularly after last night’s performance.
“Stephen is extremely professional and has put in a huge amount of effort in the role but, along with the owners, we feel we need to make a change now in the best interests of the club.
“We’re so grateful to Stephen for the dedication he has shown to us in what have been difficult circumstances.
"His commitment, work ethic and concern for the wellbeing of the club, players and their families through this challenging year is testament to his character, and we wish him and his family all the best for the future.”
Assistant coach Todd Payten will take charge as the interim coach as the club starts the process of looking for a full-time replacement for Kearney.
The Warriors have a 2-4 win loss record in 2020, but have had to contend with the enormous complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
They are playing out the rest of the NRL season away from home and face challenges that no other side has to deal with.
Australian rugby league legend Mal Meninga – the current Kangaroos coach – immediately criticised the decision, labelling it "harsh".
“I feel it’s a bit premature considering the challenges the Warriors have had to confront,” Meninga told Fox Sports in Australia. “It’s a bit harsh.”
Kearney signed on as Warriors as head coach for the 2017 season, guiding the club to the finals in 2018.
Former Wests Tigers prop Payten joined the Warriors’ coaching staff last season after working with the Cowboys.
He was a member of their coaching staff when they won the NRL grand final in 2015.
During his 259-game playing career, he experienced grand final success when he helped the Wests Tigers to their maiden premiership in 2005.