Aston Villa have sacked Roberto di Matteo as manager after just 124 days in the job.
Villa are now looking for their fifth boss inside a year after deciding to replace the Italian, who won just one of 11 Championship games in charge.
Former Chelsea player and manager Di Matteo was appointed shortly after Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia took over Villa on 2 June.
Di Matteo’s assistant Steve Clarke will take over as caretaker manager.
A club statement confirming the exit of former West Bromwich Albion boss Di Matteo said: “The club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the left the team occupying 19th position.
“The club would like to place on record its appreciation to Roberto for all his efforts in helping rebuild the squad.”
Villa were booed off by their fans after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Preston – Di Matteo’s final game in charge.
Di Matteo, whose major success as a manager was winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, also enjoyed success at Championship level when he won promotion with Albion in 2010.
He is succeeded in the short term by his Villa assistant manager Clarke, his former Chelsea team-mate, who also spent a year and a half in charge at West Brom.
For now, there’s no designated successor to Di Matteo.