(Reuters) - Mike Quade was sacked as manager of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, the club's new president of baseball operations Theo Epstein saying that a fresh approach was needed going forward.

"I believe that the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction," Epstein said in a statement.

Quade took over as manager after Lou Piniella retired on August 22, 2010 and led the team to a 24-13 record over the remainder of that season.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Julian Linden)